My Approach to Helping
I provide counseling and psychotherapy services to adults, couples, and parents. My clinical focus is on helping people in the areas of relationships, parenting, anxiety, depression, ADHD, motivation, self-confidence, and work/career stress.
Clients seek out therapy for many different reasons. Some come to therapy with very specific goals and outcomes in mind and that’s great. Others come to therapy uncertain of what exactly they want from the process and that’s totally fine!
The Benefits of Therapy
I firmly believe that everyone can benefit from time in therapy. Whether you have a significant emotional struggle you’re looking to address or you’d just like to learn more about yourself, it is an incredible opportunity for growth that can not be organically replicated in the real world. Naturally, in therapy, people become more self-aware because they are spending intentional time thinking about how they behave, think, feel, and relate to the world around them. While therapy is often associated with repair, I encourage clients to consider it an investment in themselves.
As a result of therapy, many people find that it’s possible to manage their emotions better, communicate their thoughts and feelings more clearly, make better decisions, feel good about who they are, feel more confident in their abilities, and have more fulfilling relationships.
How I Think about Client Issues:
In my work with clients, I am very much an optimist. To me, this means always trying to see the hope or potential in situations and not giving a disproportionate amount of power to the things we have no control over. In the game of life, we don’t get to choose the cards we’re dealt, but we do get to choose how we play them. I try to help clients see how they can maximize the possibilities presented by their circumstances. I frequently ask, “what can we do today in working towards the future you want?”
The Importance of Discussing the Past:
While I encourage action-oriented thinking I also acknowledge that understanding the past is essential to changing our thought process in the present. Many of us function the way we do day to day out of habit and familiarity. I am referring to automatic behaviors and patterns of thinking that we’ve played out over and over again throughout the course of our lives. Understanding the history of these routines is critical to creating meaningful change. This is why a person’s story is so important because it gives context to the existence of behaviors, thoughts, and emotions in the present. Sometimes when we look at the things we think and do we may find ourselves wondering “is there something wrong with me?”. Often though if we take a good long look at our past environments, upbringing, and struggles, these thoughts, behaviors, and emotions begin to make a lot more sense to us.
I hope this gives you an idea of how I think about client issues and what it might be like to work together. I look forward to hearing your story and exploring how we can maximize your possibilities.
For more information on the specific services I provide visit my website or give me a call for a free phone consultation.