“Life can only be understood by looking backward; but it must be lived looking forward” — Soren Kierkegaard
Psychotherapy is not always about focusing on the problems in life but is often more about solution building. Although it acknowledges present problems and past causes, it predominantly explores your current resources and future hopes – helping you to look forward and use your own strengths to achieve your goals. It works by helping you to overcome problems using solution building concepts to foster change and helping you to develop a set of clear, concise and realistic goals.
Trauma, loss, interpersonal struggles, life stressors, and emotional pain are hardships everyone faces in some form, but each individual, couple and family is impacted differently. Counseling can offer a safe and inclusive space that treats each person as a unique individual and allows them to feel heard, validated, and respected. I empathize with your struggles and believe that you are equipped with the skills to create change in your life. It is also my belief that you know at least on some level what change is needed in your life and I am here to help you refine and identify the skills needed to make the desired changes. I am professionally trained to help you clarify your goals and guide you to see what is working for you, as well as encourage you to experiment with new approaches to your problems.
There is no one type of therapy/modality that works for every person. I can offer guidance, psychoeducation and support, but I strongly believe that you are the expert of yourself. Although I have been trained in a variety of modalities (EMDR, DBT, CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, Family Systems, etc.) my goal is to teach concrete coping skills and strategies to respond to your struggles, whether they be personal, interpersonal or environmental.
I value working with adolescents and adults in a supportive non-judgmental way. I assist clients who may be challenged with shame, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss, eating disorders, substance use issues/recovery, communication issues, parent/child relationship difficulties, lack of self-care, and low self-esteem. Often clients are struggling with something in their lives that is out of balance or going through a transition and reinventing themselves. Basically, I help individuals, couples and families find their way again. I am a LGBTQ+ affirming, and gender-affirming therapist. I am also a culturally responsive and social justice-oriented therapist.
Someone has been where you are right now, and they got through it. Together you and I can work to help you have the same success.