Licensed Professional Counselor -
To make a long but not uncommon story short, I ventured to become a therapist after my own experiences in therapy. What stuck with me from that time wasn’t so much the techniques used or the “homework” given but the good that came from simply connecting with another person in a safe, warm environment. Reflecting on my work as a therapist these days, I look to give my clients what someone else once gave me. When we focus on what is happening — human to human — in the therapy space, we can better understand our struggles, our relationship with ourselves, and our relationships with others.
In addition to the therapeutic relationship, I also care about helping clients move beyond the surface in therapy to reach a level of truth that they haven’t spoken yet. After working in various settings, I know all too often, therapy can be focused on “quick fixes,” advice, coping strategies, toxic positivity, rigid steps, and oversimplifications. This approach to therapy is unfortunate because it glosses over the fact that, at times, life is painful and messy. Also, as much as we might want to avoid the pain and mess, people are much better off trying to embrace it. You might be surprised by what comes from doing so.
In session, clients say that I am emotionally attuned, validating, compassionate, down-to-earth, relatable, and playful. I want to be there with you as you move through what is causing you distress. As we work together, I strive to balance exploring your current symptoms with the connection these symptoms might have to deeper, more profound concerns. I also attempt to incorporate tangible “action items” from time to time to help move our work along and help you make better sense of your experiences.
For those still reading, I’ll leave you with this. Irvin Yalom, a famous psychiatrist, once said therapists and clients are fellow travelers — neither are immune to the inevitable darkness of existence, and both are destined to experience the exhilaration of life. I want to help you find that ‘exhilaration of life.’ Starting that journey may be intimidating, but know that I’m here to join you in the process of healing. Let’s start today.
Skills and Expertise
Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
Adjustment to College
Child or Adolescent
Family of Origin Issues
Mens Issues and Problems
Navigating Identity in Relationships
Acceptance Commitment Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
Person Centered Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy