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.
A couple of weeks ago I attended the California Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT) Conference specifically to see Dr. Gabor Maté. This was my second time seeing him in person, although I have followed many of Maté’s interviews and podcasts in addition to reading his books. I find I continue to receive new insights into the human experience from each talk, particularly with childhood trauma and the ways in which trauma impacts us later in life. As a bonus, Dr. Vincent Felitti, who co-authored the groundbreaking Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, also […]