WELCOME – HOW I CAN HELP
Do people tell you to “just think positively”, leaving you wondering… how? Do you picture the type of relationship you want, yet find yourself repeatedly in relationships that resemble something quite different? If an issue is not relatively easy to change, then chances are, there is a block of some sort preventing the progression and flow of balanced feelings and healthy relationships. It can be frustrating, discouraging and painful as an intelligent and competent person to work on a personal goal and not get the results you hope for. The problem with these blocks is that you may not be consciously aware of them. How can you heal something you don’t know exists? An integrative model of psychotherapy allows blocks to be illuminated and then dissolved so you can have the results you desire while taking out much of the struggle. You do not have to change who you are to feel better or get the relationship you want. Instead, you can remove the barriers that are preventing you from becoming and embracing your true self.
WARM, COMFORTABLE, HEALING ENVIRONMENT
Deciding to begin therapy can be both exciting and overwhelming. For many people, the difficulty lies in being vulnerable as well as confronting painful feelings and experiences. On the other hand, the possibility of improving relationships and self worth can feel exhilarating.
In entering therapy with me, expect a calm, comfortable space where you have the opportunity to share your struggles without judgment or criticism.
The initial session serves as a meeting to gather information and get to know each other, assess your challenges as well as strengths, and come up with realistic goals to move forward. I work collaboratively, so we move at a pace that is comfortable for you, even though therapy may involve stepping out of one’s comfort zone at times. I often recommend tools that can be practiced outside of therapy to speed up progress and foster self-reliance.
Several years ago, I led a codependency recovery group for women who had been in abusive relationships. Instead of the usual beginning group check-in, I decided to have the participants say only their name and how they felt in that very moment. As each individual struggled to find words for their feelings (“I’m okay”, “I’m good”, etc.), I became acutely aware of how something so simple could be incredibly difficult. That evening, the identification of feelings became the sole focus of the group. I printed out a feelings chart (typically used with children) […]