Initiating counseling can be an anxiety provoking experience. By sharing my approach to therapy, it is my hope that any concerns you may have about initiating therapy will be put to rest.
Above all, you can expect to be treated with respect, warmth, compassion, and a non-judgmental approach. Your confidentiality is of utmost importance to me. I consider it a sacred privilege to work alongside my clients to help them reach their highest potential in order to become their best selves.
Most people seek out counseling to change something in their life or about themselves. Others seek counseling to learn how to best cope with situations they cannot change. Your experience will be collaborative; you and I will work as a team to achieve lasting results. Your time will not be spent talking and venting while I nod my head and just quietly listen, nor will I spend our session dispensing advice and telling you what to do.
Either approach is not helpful for the simple reason that talking and venting about problems doesn’t change anything. It may feel better temporarily and can produce short-term results. However, I am more interested in helping you get better and stay better, not just feel better temporarily. I want you to experience lasting results and gain new skills so that when you encounter other challenges in 6 months or 5 years you will be well equipped to manage them.
Likewise, giving advice doesn’t help you to develop your own solutions to your unique situation. Are you familiar with the adage: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”? That is the nature of therapy – giving you tools and strategies that you can implement once you walk out of my office.