My Approach to Helping
My approach to therapy is active, meaning that our time together will include dialogue and conversation. I also find that humor aids in the healing process, because even in the midst of struggle a half smile and slight chuckle can be a reminder that all is not lost. Even in my active and humorous approach, I take my role very seriously and am highly collaborative. I do not offer quick solutions or simplistic advice. I believe we all have strengths and skills within that enable us to create a life worth living, and my goal is to assist you in drawing from those resources.
I answered the call into the helping profession because I recognized the importance of having a witness to one's life. As a cognitive behavioral therapist, we will explore the patterns of thinking and reactive loops that have kept you stuck and prevented you from having the life that you desire. Additionally, I incorporate dialectics to challenge you to balance changing that which is no longer working in your life and accepting that which is outside of your control.
More Info About My Practice
I have nearly a decade of experience working with adult, geriatric and adolescent populations in residential, outpatient, inpatient and in-home settings. Throughout my career, I have learned that people do not care about what you know, until they know that you care. So in working with you, I will listen first, then ask how I can help.
I hold a Dual Bachelor's of Art degree in Psychology and Criminology and a Master's of Art degree in Mental Health Counseling. Ongoing professional development is also vital in meeting the unique needs of every client. As such, I have additional didactic and experiential training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Sexual Assault Response, and Sexual Addiction Therapy.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
Mental illness exists on the same spectrum as mental wellness. The difference between "illness" and "wellness" relates to our tendency to either attempt to tackle our lives struggles alone or courageously reach out for help. Psychotherapy can serve as a platform to explore the life factors that contribute to and exacerbate distressing symptoms while developing relapse prevention skills that promote wellness. Whether by disputing negative core beliefs about self or others, or finding growth from painful experiences; psychotherapy will enhance your ability to bounce back from adversity, adapt to change and ask for help when it is needed.
My Role as a Therapist
The process of choosing a therapist should go beyond professional credentials, degree type, clinical orientation, insurances accepted, or location. A therapist should be a person with whom you can be yourself, flaws and all, and trust that you will not be judged. This is a relationship where you can be completely vulnerable, but one which will facilitate growth and self awareness. Choosing a therapist can be a daunting task, but understanding what the therapist's role will be and what you hope to accomplish can guide one's decision. A therapist ought to be someone who you connect with, whose feedback you trust and respect, who encourages you to be your best self, and who recognizes when to move you out of your comfort zone. As a therapist, it is not my role or goal to instruct you how to live your life. Instead, I am humbled to meet you where you are and together work towards a state of wellness and vitality.