My Approach to Helping
Are you trying to navigate uncharted waters after a recent change? Do you want to make a change but are not quite sure where to start, what direction to take, or how to make the leap? Are you successful on the outside but on the inside you feel like an impostor or a fraud? Does everyone's life on social media look so exciting but yours feels blah and burnt out? You are not alone! You, too, can find joy, purpose, and motivation! Your inner amazing is waiting to be found! I can help you redirect your compass so you're moving in the direction of that inner amazing!
In a supportive, non-judgmental environment, I take a pragmatic approach to work with clients and use solution focused techniques. I use evidence-based psychotherapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to to help you with stress, anxiety, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, relationship issues, and peak performance.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
In my decade of experience as a therapist, I've learned that most people come to therapy for one (or more) of the four following reasons.
1. They are experiencing unwanted symptoms (like stress, depression, anxiety, poor sleep, etc) and are looking for help to reduce or eliminate them.
2. They are not fully living the life they want to live and need help setting goals or overcoming roadblocks to achieving their goals (these can be professional or related to their relationships with themselves or others).
3. They want to gain insight into their past (relationships or experiences) to better understand why they make the choices they make in the present, and to be better able to make the choices they would like to make in the future.
4. They have experienced a recent change (career change, relationship status, parenthood, empty nest, retirement, grief, loss, medical illness or injury) and would like help adjusting to or navigating this change.
If you can relate to any or all of these, give me a call!
My Role as a Therapist
I'm an expert in strategies for change but you're the expert in you. Let's work as a team to get you the results you want!
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Perhaps you're thinking "I don't have time to take care of myself right now." I would challenge that you don't have time not to. In taking care of yourself you will find that you become less stressed, less hurried, and more efficient. The time you spend caring for yourself can pay dividends with regard to efficiency, productivity, and even more restful and restorative sleep. If you commit to investing the time and energy in you, I'll commit to making therapy as convenient as possible.
Because I intentionally keep my practice small, I have the flexibility to adjust session days and times if a meeting at work, a child's medical appointment, or event at their school gets in the way. I also offer telehealth (secure video conferencing) to established clients who may not be able to get away for an in person session.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
While my practice focuses on evidence-based treatments (i.e. the things the research shows works best to get you the results you want), I also know that the research shows the greatest indicator of success in therapy is something they call the therapeutic relationship. This is whether or not your therapist is the right fit for you. They're not just listening but you feel like they're really hearing you. You feel comfortable talking to them. You find them relatable. I tell people, finding a therapist is like finding a pair of jeans. It's all about the fit. Some people like boot cut, some like skinny jeans, some like overalls. One isn't better than the other, it's about what's the right fit for you. While I know I'm an AMAZING therapist for some people, I also know I'm a pretty horrible therapist for others. And this is true for every therapist. So don't be afraid to ask questions and talk to a few therapists to find that right fit for you!