Counseling – Therapy Process

My goal is for you to feel both truly heard and understood. The rest of the therapeutic process unfolds from there – with your permission and at your pace.

I often hear the following concerns about therapy, which is also referred to as “counseling.” So I want to clarify.

  • I won’t judge you. I think that we are all human and that each person has his or her own issues, “stuff,” or whatever word you prefer to use.
  • As a therapist, I do not tell you what to do. We explore options together.
  • You do not have to have a deep problem, crisis, or deficit to benefit from therapy/counseling.

PathMy Approach 

I see a person as a whole person. A label, symptom, or problem is a label, symptom, or problem–not who that person is.
 

Each individual person, family, or couple is unique and to be honored as such; so the work reflects this belief.  

A trusting, non-judgmental therapeutic relationship can help you to walk a path of strengthening (or even discovering) your innate strengths, solutions, and truths.

Theoretical Orientation(s)

I work from an eclectic stance with anchors. I come from a position of non-judgment and genuineness (AKA, “Humanistic”). I partner with you to explore thoughts and behaviors (“Cognitive Behavioral“) along with unconscious patterns (“Psychodynamic“) that are getting in the way of living the quality of life you want. We look at if increasing coping skills you may want to support you (“Dialectical Behavioral Therapy”). We may enlist a strength-based focus (“Post Modern”) or center on values (“ACT“), which tends to help people more wholly realize themselves. For those interested, I have been trained to administer Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (“EMDR“) Therapy as well as Interpersonal Psychotherapy (“IPT”).

Why Therapy/Counseling?

Research shows that talk therapy can help to form new (or change) neural pathways in the brain. The great part about this is that it means that we—humans—are not “permanently set” in our thinking, ways of relating, habits, or practices. Change is possible.

I invite you to call me; we can discuss your therapy/counseling hopes, goals, and how this therapeutic relationship could be helpful to you.