My Approach to Helping
I believe strongly in the healing power of relationship. As a helper, I approach the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative and creative process. You are the expert on your life and experiences, and as we explore the nuances of your unique, personal story together, I view my role as helping to identify themes, patterns, and dynamics. I will offer a variety of suggestions and perspectives so that you may discover which feel most authentic for you personally.
I often find myself pointing out the ways in which people speak to or relate with themselves internally, believing fully that awareness, acceptance, and self-compassion around our internal experiences give us greater choice in how to respond to them. My hope is to help you identify what you authentically value, so that we may begin to explore how you can bring yourself into alignment with the life you truly desire.
More Info About My Practice
Growing up, I quickly learned that there were few places I could be truly myself and accepted just as I am. As a therapist, I've discovered many of us share that same story. We learn to conform and perform in response to the pressure of our world telling us who to be, and we are left confused, ashamed, and exhausted when it becomes too much to maintain as adults. In my work with clients, I offer space for you to be exactly who you are, wherever you're at, so that together, we can discover a life that feels good and enjoyable to live, based on your most authentic values, identity, and desires.
It is a brave first step to reach out for support when you need it, especially when life feels difficult, and I would be honored to hear your story and explore working with you toward a greater sense of worth and hope. You can contact me through my website or via phone call text, and I will respond in 1-2 business days. I look forward to hearing from you!
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I work with LGBTQ+ issues and concerns, gay men's issues (specifically the toxic body image expectations and pressures with which they are faced), individuals struggling in the areas of body image, food, and eating issues, men exploring how to connect to emotion in a culture of toxic masculinity, and those who are questioning, dissatisfied, or looking for more meaning in their faith and spirituality.
My Role as a Therapist
In working together, I am here to offer support, respect, and unconditional acceptance. My hope is to create a space where you feel safe enough to be yourself and honest about what's going on. I know entering therapy can be scary and uncomfortable, but I strive to ensure that we are good fit in working together so that you may feel truly seen and heard.
It is within that space that I will offer observations and new perspectives so that you may begin to cultivate a deeper awareness of your unique life and circumstances, as well as practice new ways of being in relationship. In addition, I have always appreciated the use and value of well-timed humor, and it is likely to be used in a session or two.