“Sometimes we just need to make a change, navigate through a life transition, and lead the life we want to live”
Thank you for allowing yourself to be vulnerable, and congratulations on taking the first step on your road to recovery. There are many reasons why you might decide to get started in therapy. You might have difficulties with managing your moods, challenged by living with anxiety, have interpersonal problems, or struggle to work through previous trauma. Perhaps you are utilizing styles of thinking or behaviors that have served a purpose in the past as a means of survival or coping, but now have become problematic or are keeping you from moving forward in your life. Sometimes we just need to make a change, navigate through a life transition, and lead the life we want to live. It takes courage to make changes in our lives, especially allowing ourselves to be vulnerable and enter a therapeutic relationship with a stranger.
I am excited to learn more about you, develop a trusting and safe relationship, and instill in you hope and a sense of well-being and improvement in your life.
Born and raised in upstate New York, I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the State University of New York in Fredonia. Making a trek to the PNW, I attended Central Washington University for a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling. I am currently a WA state Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have worked and interned in a variety of settings, including an inpatient psychiatric hospital, outpatient therapy practices, and Intensive Outpatient Programs. A large majority of my work has been in community-based settings, helping those with chronic and severe mental illness. I have found these work experiences to be humbling and educational, and have contributed to my compassion for the helping profession.
My intentions as a therapist are to prioritize your goals and needs and to help you achieve the outcomes you desire. I greatly value the relationship between myself and my clients. The foundation of successful therapy is built upon trust, safety, validation, and a feeling of being heard and understood. I will occasionally ask for feedback about how you think our sessions are going, whether or not your needs are being met, and if you are benefiting from our work together. My approach as a therapist is to focus on your strengths, abilities, skills, and resiliency. You know what's best for you, so most of what we work on will be guided by you. Humor is another aspect of my practice that value, because being playful and lighthearted often helps us heal and develop meaningful relationships. I often utilize solution-focused approaches, meaning that we will use problem-solving skills focusing on your strengths to get you through hard times. If you desire, we may look further into your past to learn more about how your life experiences have shaped your attachment styles, ways of thinking, and behaviors. I occasionally use techniques from various evidence-based practices I have studied over the years, including Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My approach will typically vary based on your needs. I enjoy educating, teaching and practicing skills with my clients to assist with regulating moods, increase mindfulness and relaxation, cope with life stressors, and improve interpersonal skills. Because I enjoy reading about new approaches and improving my practice, don't be surprised that some days I will want to share a new book, poem, or experiential technique with you to help clarify your goals or simply to inspire you.
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