"I'll help you regain hope no matter how difficult the circumstances."
Sometimes simply having someone in your corner makes all the difference. Having some of your deepest, most vulnerable thoughts, feelings, and experiences responded to with, “That makes complete sense. I’m sorry to hear you’re experiencing that, and I want to understand. Let’s sit down and figure out what would be helpful to you, together.”, can be incredibly healing. This is what I would like to provide for you in therapy.
My style tends to be warm and gentle, but realistic and straightforward without posturing. I strive to create an environment where you can feel safe to talk through aspects of your inner life that may feel uncomfortable, scary, or even shameful.
As a therapist, I operate out of respect for you first and foremost. I have some expertise, but my main purpose is to be fully present for you. I'll offer you information if that will be helpful, but more often I'll use my knowledge to help you learn to accept yourself and gain a sense of control in your life.
I have experience working with clients recently released from incarceration & psychiatric hospitalizations, coping with chronic illnesses, fighting addiction, and experiencing active suicidal ideation. I also have experience working with clients experiencing symptoms of psychosis such as visual and/or auditory hallucinations and taking prescribed psychoactive medications to treat them.
I approach therapy from an integrative, trauma-informed perspective, and will do my best to incorporate different types of therapies depending on what you need and are comfortable with at any given time. The healing process can take time and I'll be here for you for support, skills, insight, solutions, or new ways of thinking when you need them. And when you feel like you just can't bear your emotions, I'll be here to help bear them with you and help you heal.
I hold tightly to the understanding that hope is not only an emotional experience, but a logical reality that cannot be truly quashed by the most trying of times or difficult obstacles. I believe you, and believe in you. I think growth and change usually happen slowly, with steps forward and backward, and sometimes in circles! I am committed to walking beside you on this trek, however long the road stretches on.