My Approach to Helping
I am a dynamic and goal driven therapist, that has nearly 3 decades of experience in a variety of different mental health settings. I love the process of helping people decipher the reasons behind why they do what they do, and then, to help them learn the tools to change what they are doing, and improve their lives.
I am 100% committed to helping persons that are committed to the therapy process, improve their lives. I have successfully treated hundreds-perhaps thousands, of individuals over the years, and am constantly striving myself -to learn new tools and techniques that are not just a part of the average cookie-cutter psychotherapy in the industry. I aim to provide a balanced approach in the work that I do. Meaning, that I am there to listen, but then to be actively working with you, in finding the solutions to what presents you to me.
More Info About My Practice
In addition to my work as a psychotherapist, I am an ordained minister that officiates weddings as a side business. I have a special offer for couples that are interested in pre-marital work, along with officiating of their wedding.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
One of the most common things that I hear, when folks first enter into therapy with me, is, 'I felt like the last therapist I work with, did not listen, and it was more about (them), than me. I did not feel a connection'.
I believe, that at the core of the psychotherapy process, is developing that connection. If you do not have it, the therapy will not work. Two of the first questions I ask in the first session are, 'what worked in your last therapy experience (if you have had one), and what did not work?'. I want to get a sense of what that prior experience was like, so that I can be mindful of what your goals are, (or even, what you think they might be).
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I firmly believe, that in order to be a good therapist, a therapist should also work on their own self growth. I firmly believe, that all therapists, should pursue their own therapy, at least at some point in one's lifetime.
My own struggles with a past eating disorder(s), bullying (school and workplace), as well as grief over various issues, and working thru it, in my own attendance at therapy, has made me much better, at not only being able to relate, but to help one feel safe in the therapeutical environment.