Specializes in working with adults and couples
Availability: Monday- Wednesday, Daytime Hours
My personal philosophy of counseling begins and ends with grace. Curiosity, trust, compassion, respect, and non-judgment are the cornerstones of my counseling approach. I entered this field because I believe counseling is a pathway to authenticity, growth and transformation.
I believe that healing takes into consideration the whole person – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. It is an opportunity for the client to explore his or her own thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. By building a healthy therapeutic relationship, the therapist can guide the client in discovering more about themselves, their patterns of behavior, and their core beliefs. It also provides a setting that encourages the client in establishing new, healthy patterns of behavior.
As a counselor, I strive to empower the client to connect to themselves – their current as well as past experiences and emotions – in order to determine the direction they want to take in resolving their struggles. I do not believe that anyone is “broken, crazy, bad, wrong or weak”, everyone has the capacity to heal with proper “tools” and support. I have learned that people are remarkable and inspiring.
I feel that therapy is not a “one size fits all”. As I get to know a person, I will tailor my counseling approach to their individual needs. I use techniques drawn from a number of evidence-based treatment orientations, including: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), narrative therapy, family systems therapy/IFS through a trauma-informed lens. I also frequently utilize humor as a means of connecting with my clients.
Overall, my philosophy as a therapist is to treat each person as a unique individual, worthy of unconditional acceptance, regardless of his or her personal circumstances or struggles. It is my desire to come alongside, challenge, and encourage my clients to find healing emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.