About The Process
Mental health is nuanced and complex. I always tell my clients that I wish there was a magic pill or a handbook that I could give them to easily solve their problems. Unfortunately, human beings are not machines and we are much more complex than that. Maybe you have tried many “quick-fix” things before or thought that if you could white-knuckle it for a while things would get better, but ultimately you are still struggling with the same issues and have decided to consider giving therapy a shot.
Therapy isn’t a magic cure or a “one-size-fits all” solution; after all, if there was a book or “10 step solution” to heal anxiety or depression, none of us would still struggle with it. Therapy is a long-term investment, and I believe it helps people grow, heal, and feel better on a fundamental level. Therapy is more than chatting over coffee with a friend or being handed a few tips about how to manage stress – it’s a relationship between two people committed to understanding your unique self and to making space to see and explore all parts of you. Reaching out to make an appointment may be difficult or scary, but I believe it’s worth it in the long run.
What to Expect
Above all else, you can always expect to be heard and understood. The first few sessions usually consist of developing trust and getting to know each other, and clearly identifying and understanding the current issues you are facing and what your goals are for therapy. I’ll provide a supportive space to explore your challenges and together we’ll begin to notice themes and patterns and find better ways to cope. I work with you to understand the root of the issue so that you can create change in a meaningful and lasting way.
My practice philosophy is driven by the belief that genuine connection with others is essential to well-being. In fact, research shows that the most significant factor in a successful outcome is the relationship between therapist and client. This matters more than even the method of therapy or type of training.
An important part of therapy is increasing insight and awareness so that you can stop operating on autopilot and actually choose how you want to move forward. Therapy also involves learning better ways to cope, and new tools and skills to manage difficult times. This may include developing better language to describe what you are experiencing, incorporating self-soothing and emotion regulation tools, finding healthier boundaries in relationships, trusting yourself, practicing self-compassion, and communicating more effectively with others.
My hope is that you feel like you can talk to me about anything and trust that you’ll get supportive and objective feedback. Many of my client clients notice that not only do the issues they come in with improve significantly but they also gain a greater understanding of themselves and other areas of their lives improve as a result.