Many people find it helpful to talk problems through with a close friend or family member, but some challenges are more than friends and family can handle. There are times when it's best to seek support from a professional therapist.
Talk therapy, or counseling, involves speaking to someone who is trained to help you explore your thoughts and feelings so that you can see how they effect your behavior and mood. More than just "venting," seeing a therapist can help you become aware of patterns that you want to change, and provide you with tools to help you think or act differently.
As a professional therapist, I am trained to work with, and hold, difficult material, so you don't have to worry about burdening me with your problems. There is no subject matter that is taboo, verboten, or otherwise not permitted to be discussed in our sessions. And unlike chatting with a friend or family member, our sessions are confidential, so you don't have to worry about having your privacy violated.
My aim in working verbally is to help you find the words to accurately and authentically express yourself so that you can both come to know your experience more deeply and gain greater control of your life. You don't have to be diagnosed with a mental health problem to benefit from talk therapy, and you get to decide what, how much, and when, you choose to disclose.
I will be an active participant in this process and do my best to really hear, see, and witness you in every session. Even if we choose to incorporate more non-verbal approaches into our work together, we will use words to accompany those modalities, so we will often use talk therapy as a place to begin.
I am familiar with a wide range of talk therapies, and will draw upon different traditions as appropriate to guide our work together. My verbal style draws heavily upon my extensive training in:
- Gestalt Therapy
- Mindfulness-Based Therapy
- EMDR Therapy
I have also received trained in Jungian Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Experiential Focusing, Motivational Interviewing, 12-Step Recovery, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and the Sanctuary Model.