I want you to know it is okay to acknowledge and express that things are not always okay. In fact, it’s entirely human. Life is filled with ups and downs, challenges, and uncertainties, and it’s natural to experience moments of distress, sadness, anxiety, or confusion. These emotions are a part of the human experience, and they don’t define your worth or strength.
Therapy is a safe and supportive space where you can open up about your struggles, fears, and vulnerabilities. It’s a place where you can express your feelings without judgment. It’s the first step toward understanding and addressing the issues that may be impacting your well-being. I use a trauma-informed approach and have experience treating a wide range of symptoms including those resulting from anxiety, anger, self-esteem, family conflict, ADHD, PTSD, religious trauma, depression, and issues related to gender identity and sexuality.
I believe that before anything else, the therapeutic relationship is going to be the most important factor in whether or not therapy feels successful. I strive to do my best to understand you and your experiences in order to create an environment that fosters the positive change you want to see. I value your perspective and the wisdom that you bring to your own life. By honoring your autonomy and treating you as a real partner in this process, I hope you will feel empowered to take an active role in your healing and personal growth.
Difficult thoughts and feelings often pull us away from living in a way that feels meaningful. We usually have very little control over these, and our attempts to control them often make things feel worse. During therapy, my role is to help you develop the skills and insights necessary to open up and create space for these thoughts and emotions, rather than pushing them away. We’ll work together to explore the origins and triggers of these feelings, understanding how they may be tied to your past experiences, beliefs, or current life circumstances.
By creating space for the tough emotions, we aim to reduce their power over your daily life. This process allows you to approach these experiences with a sense of curiosity and acceptance rather than fear or avoidance. It’s not about eliminating these emotions, but rather about understanding them and learning how to respond to them in a healthier way.
In addition, my trauma-informed approach involves acknowledging the ways in which our past trauma can influence thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. I work collaboratively with people to navigate the challenges that may arise from trauma, helping them develop effective coping strategies and build resilience. My goal is to empower individuals to heal from their traumatic experiences and move toward a place of greater well-being.
We can also explore how your personal values align with the way you want to live your life. By identifying and clarifying your core values, we can work on aligning your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors with what truly matters to you. This can be a transformative process that guides you toward a more purposeful and fulfilling life.
I invite you to embark on this therapeutic journey with me. It’s an opportunity for self-discovery, healing, and personal growth. Together, we can explore your unique experiences, challenges, and goals. I would be honored to meet you and find out how we can best work together toward the best version of yourself.
My favorite ways to practice self-care include spending time with my dog, reading books, watching basketball, and drinking plenty of coffee and tea.
“The process of living is like taking a very long road trip. The destination may be important, but the journey experienced day to day and week to week is what is invaluable.” – Steven C. Hayes