I understand how intimidating and overwhelming it can be to begin therapy, but I believe that your experience in counseling will be worth any time and effort you invest in it. My role in this process is to provide a safe space for personal exploration and to challenge, guide, and encourage you as you take this step into a healthier life.
I love the challenge of exploring and understanding human behavior, and I work from a cognitive-behavioral viewpoint, which simply means that our emotions and actions are affected by our thoughts and internal dialogues. By identifying and changing negative thought patterns, you will be able to gain better control over how you respond emotionally to everyday situations and major life events, as well as reducing your level of anxiety, depression, and anger, while improving your relationships with family and friends. I treat every person with respect, empathy, and compassion, and I believe that you already have the strength and resources to get through these difficulties. Together we will explore and untangle the areas of your life where pain, resentment, shame, and regret are holding you back, and I look forward to seeing your progress and growth.
I love working with adults and couples who are seeking greater insight into their motivations, emotional needs, and personal difficulties, including anxiety, low self-esteem, and relationship issues. People often feel that their emotions are beyond their control and feel helpless to change how they feel, but I can help clients identify and change the thoughts that produce negative and harmful emotions. I also focus on teaching more effective communication skills in order to help clients resolve conflicts and improve emotional intimacy with parents, children, friends, and significant others.
It takes incredible courage to be vulnerable and open to change, and it is beautiful and humbling to take part in that process with clients. I love being present for the “ah-ha!” moments of therapy, when a client suddenly uncovers a previously unrealized truth about his or her personality or behavior. It is wonderful to witness the catharsis of tears and talking, and to see someone’s anxiety melts away as we find the humor and healthy perspectives about situations that have weighed them down. People are amazingly resilient, and I find my hope and optimism about human nature in each person’s ability to change and grow.
If you’re unsure or unclear about therapy, please don’t hesitate to contact me or explore my website and blog for more information about my services or counseling in general. I know it can be overwhelming; that’s why I’m here!