For many of us the hardest part about doing therapy is figuring out where to begin. The good news is that you don't have to know, all you have to do is start. One thing I've noticed in the time I've been doing this is that all roads seem to lead to the same place, so it doesn't matter where you start because eventually you will get wherever you need to go.
What this means is that I let you lead the sessions. I do this because while I may be the expert on what I do, you are the expert on you. So, it makes sense for me to let you tell me about what it's like to be you.
I will make observations and connections along the way, but I will always check them out with you first. I am interested in learning what things are like from your perspective, not trying to get you to see them from mine. This is your time, use it how you want!
I strive to create a safe space for you to explore a new connection in the therapy room. "You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending." (C.S Lewis) Let me walk with you to this new ending.
“What do you want therapy to accomplish?” is one of the first questions we’ll tackle to find the approach that works for you. As your therapist my clinical ‘toolbox’ would include techniques from CBT, DBT, EMDR, Solution-focused, and mindfulness resourcing. Perhaps the most important tool is the cooperative alliance between therapist and client. Feeling comfortable and building trust is typically step one. I look forward to standing with you as a clinical ally for growth, healing, and transformation.
My approach is building on your strengths, asking questions that helps you and me understand your situation, and telling you what I think about the challenges you are facing. From that you may develop a plan for change and/or acceptance.