My Approach to Helping
My approach to helping is based around the importance of relationship. It is through our relationship and the strength it brings that we begin to build a solid foundation upon which true healing can take place. Together, we work to understand what is happening, what it's like to live with difficulty, and use that understanding to put together a plan that moves you forward and into a position of strength and self-direction. Every person's experience of life is different and important, which means that every person's experience of treatment and healing needs to be uniquely tailored.
More Info About My Practice
I think that finding the right therapist for you is extremely important. To help you make the right decision for you, I offer a free 30 minute phone consultation to see if this would be a good fit. After that, my fee is $120 for a 50 minute individual session and $150 for a 50 minute couples session. Additionally, I offer additional sliding scale appointments.
My Therapy Focus
I really enjoy working with issues of emotional regulation and relationship. This includes anxiety, depression, anger management, and issues stemming from trauma. I also am very interested in helping people make sense of the parts of their life that are hard and challenge their understanding of who they are. These kinds of questions can come from work/life balance, losing or finding faith, gender identity and sexuality, life transition difficulties stemming from new work stress or graduation, or changes in family, like divorce, marriage, or child birth.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
If you're like most people, you have at one point or another wondered about whether therapy actually does anything. While I am admittedly biased, I truly believe that therapy is useful. The benefit of therapy is in having a place where you can talk freely with someone and not face judgment for what you're saying. A therapist is trained to work with people in and around their problems and still see them as actual people. In other words, a good therapist will never see you as a crazy person, but rather as a normal person who needs help working through some stuff.
Therapy can take place in set boundaries of time and repetition. The weekly hour long meeting gives structure to what may feel like a problem outside of control. At the end of the hour, you have a week to make sense of what was talked about and apply what you've figured out to your life. The next week, you begin again, and piece by piece chip away at the problems you're facing, leaving room for you to live your life how you see fit.
That process of chipping away comes through saying things out loud and hearing what your problems sound like. Doing this can help relieve some of the mental pressure you might be feeling. That release of pressure can come with the feeling of increased options and mobility in your personal life and decision making ability.
Admittedly, seeing a therapist can be really scary. Sharing vulnerabilities and perceived weakness can be downright terrifying. However, it is in the scariness that real change can start to take place. A good therapist can help you so that you're not facing the fear alone, and in a way that doesn't take advantage of your fear.