My approach is to create a trusting, safe, compassionate relationship where self-exploration can take place. I believe we all have the power to better our lives and to change, if not our past experiences, at least the story we tell ourselves about those experiences, which in turn can change our future. I enjoy helping my clients use their internal resources, strengths, and abilities to understand the conflicts within themselves that lead them to therapy. It is important to know and understand ourselves and what fuels our unhealthy patterns. Equally essential is our ability to love ourselves. Counseling techniques and knowledge of ourselves are useful, but transformative if we are kind and gentle with ourselves as we work to discover who we are. To me, healing and emotional health is as much about embracing our tenderness and vulnerability as it is about developing knowledge and claiming power. This quote speaks to my belief in self-love as a tool of healing:
Being whole or at peace with oneself is about engaging in our lives form a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion and connection to wake up in the morning and think, ‘No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.’ It’s going to bed at night thinking, ‘Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.’ -Brene Brown
What brings people to therapy may be fear, anxiety, unhappiness, life changes, or past traumas and I use a variety of approaches and tailor therapy to each client, couple, or family. The therapies that I draw on that align with my approaches come from the field of Humanistic Psychology, Solution Focused Therapy, and Play Therapy. I also utilize Cognitive Behavior Therapy to treat some forms of anxiety. In addition, I have specific training treating victims of physical and sexual abuse, trauma and suicide, and employ specific strategies such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness skills to assist clients with these issues. Because I have worked as a School Counselor, I understand the school system well and coordinate successfully with schools when working with clients where educational advocacy is needed.
I am a life-long learner and stay current in my field by attending trainings and workshops on emerging trends and research. I also learn from my clients and am continually inspired by their stories. I have assisted people from all walks of life, from young children, adolescents, blended family systems and couples.