How We'll Work
Counseling is a unique relationship through which I provide you with support and feedback to help you gain insight about yourself. I'll work with you to figure out what's getting in the way of your goals, and help you move towards a life that feels more meaningful, balanced, and fulfilling. It's important to me to provide culturally responsive and ethical care, and my own life experience allows me to bring compassion, authenticity, and non-judgment to build a therapeutic relationship based on respect, acceptance, and understanding.
My approach to counseling is...
Person-Centered: You are the expert on your own life. Only you can know what you need and what is right for you. I'm here to explore with you, not to tell you what to do.
Existentialist: You are responsible for creating a life for yourself that feels meaningful and worthwhile. Only you can decide what such a life looks like, and only you can create this life for yourself. Challenging and overcoming your fear is key to living fully and authentically.
Culturally Responsive and Trauma-Informed: Your identity and life experiences are unique to you. I strive to understand people as individuals living in the context of culture. I examine how my own cultural experiences influence my interactions with others. I recognize symptoms of trauma, understand the impact of trauma on the body and brain, and provide treatment to support healing and avoid re-traumatization.
Collaborative: The counseling relationship is effective when we are engaged, authentic, and honest with one another.
In counseling, you and I will work together to explore who you are, what you want, and how to get there. I believe that the therapeutic relationship - one characterized by compassion, warmth, and acceptance - is where healing and growth flourish, so we'll invest some time getting to know each other in our first few meetings. Please plan to meet a minimum of once a week for at least the first four weeks of our working relationship. After this time, depending on what you want to get out of counseling, we may meet anywhere from multiple times a week to every other week. We may meet just a few times, or continue working together for many months. We'll check in regularly to evaluate our progress together and ensure your needs are being met.
As we work together, I might invite you to experiment with new habits and behaviors like practicing different ways of communicating, putting yourself in new situations, or integrating mindful exercises in your life. I may lead you in exploring new ways of thinking about yourself and your relationships, and we may do creative exercises like role-playing, writing, or other expressive projects. You're welcome to bring in a partner, friend, or family member to support you in your therapeutic work.
As a counselor, my goal is to promote wellness - a positive, healthy balance encompassing all areas of life. Rather than trying to "fix" someone who is "sick" or "broken," I see people’s struggles as normal, understandable, and inherent in our being human. Because mental health is intricately connected with our overall wellness, I encourage everyone I work with to attend to their physical, spiritual, and social needs. Wellness looks different for everyone, so we will explore together how best to meet your unique requirements.
Still have questions? Please reach out! I'd love to talk with you.