Sometimes people wonder what to expect from counseling with me. Transparency is important to me, so here’s your answer: When I meet a new client, my first and most important job is to understand your strengths, values, hopes for the future, and experiences so that I can be helpful as quickly as possible.
Because each person and family is different, cookie cutter therapy doesn’t work. So I listen closely, ask lots of questions, and together we figure out what’s most useful for you (knowing each day you may need and want different things). Some people want and need strategies for specific anxiety triggers. Or you may want help shifting old patterns in how you feel or think about yourself. Others want help with communicating about difficult topics with family, friends, or colleagues. Others come to counseling at a time of discernment about work or relationships. Others are looking for support during a time of transition, grief or loss, or “stuckness.”
No matter your reason for seeking therapy, I welcome you.
As a licensed therapist, I am committed to treating all clients respectfully, listening deeply to your questions and concerns, and valuing your own wisdom about your life – what’s worked for you in the past, and what you want to work differently in the future. I recognize our struggles don’t usually have simple answers (if only!) – and that each of our lives are deeply impacted by culture, society, race, gender, and class. I am also committed to asking you important questions and providing resources to help you narrow the gap between where you are now and where you want to be.
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