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My Approach

What you've been through is important. I believe your story and its impact. You are not broken. 

 

As you wade into the depths, sorting through whatever you're going through, I'll be your trusted sidekick. I'll help you identify your own strengths. And I will believe in you when you're having trouble believing in yourself. 

You're the expert in your life: whatever goals you envision for yourself, I want to help you achieve them. 

Areas of Focus

  • Relationships of all sorts - romantic, family, friendship, etc.

  • Family of origin issues

  • Trauma

  • Self-esteem, worthiness, and sense of purpose

  • Loneliness, connection, and sense of belonging

  • Adjusting to change and life transitions

  • Every day stress

  • Concerns related to culture and/or marginalized identity (including BIPOC, immigrant, LGBTQ+, women, etc.)

  • Men's issues

  • Spirituality and meaning-making—all spirituality and faith traditions welcome!

  • Mind/body/spirit connection

  • Sexuality

  • Grief and bereavement

  • Symptom management including depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation

My Clients

​My clients are a diverse bunch. Here are some of the folks I've really loved working with:

  • Couples and families wanting to reduce conflict, improve their connection, and feel like a team

  • Young adults exploring their newly forming identity and values

  • People who feel like they don’t have anyone to talk to about their struggles because it’s too heavy or they haven’t found a welcoming ear

  • Adults trying to recognize and heal from the effects of trauma

  • People grappling with competing values and desires of their own versus their family or culture of origin

  • Adults in relationships with people who have a different cultural background from them

  • Artists and creatives who see the world through a lens that often feels misunderstood or who struggle to see their own worth

  • People for whom relationships are deeply important - but for whom connection is difficult

  • People experiencing burnout, boundary issues, and identity crises associated with nonprofit or downstream social justice work

Outcomes

Everyone has their own reasons for seeking help, so the outcome of therapy is unique to each person.

 

I can't guarantee what will change in your life if we work together. But I can say that if you are ready to welcome change, change is hard to avoid. 

Here are some of the changes my clients have described after working together:​

  • Increased awareness of their own strength and ability to face hard things

  • Increased clarity around the impact and cause of past events

  • Improved connection with others

  • Decrease in blaming themselves for trauma

  • Increased ability to name their own needs

  • Increased ability to enforce boundaries

  • Fewer instances of sacrificing their own needs for the sake of others

  • Improved ability to differentiate their own emotions from other people’s

  • Decrease in feelings of anxiety related to factors outside their control

Modalities

Relational Cultural Theory

Collaborative Language Systems

Narrative & Solution Focused Therapy

General Systems & Cybernetic Theory

Structural Family Therapy

 Attachment Theory

Gestalt & Experiential Therapy

Not sure what I'm talking about? That's ok! If you're interested to learn more about what it means that I use different theories and modalities with my clients, let's talk about it.

Image credit: "Texas Bluebonnets" by jonclegg is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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