The relationship between any counselor and client is key. Building that genuine connection is absolutely part of our work. However, I do not sit and just nod and echo what you are saying. Rather, in individual work, I will work with you to identify and change what is not working for you in your life. I want for you to see results.
What We Work On
Some clients come in for a “tune-up,” just wanting a little bit of support around a particular issue, while others want to deepen their self-awareness or to unpack and reconnect how they see the world.
Commonly, though, I may work with a client who is needing support with
- sorting out a major life change (relationships, work)
- in substance use recovery
- exploring relationship issues (infidelity, communication, anger, outbursts, addictions, grief, premarital)
- better experiencing emotions. This may include depression, anxiety, anger, mood swings, hopelessness, insecurity, or jealousy.
And of course, I work with trauma. I say “of course” because trauma can completely shift how we see ourselves, how we see the world, or how we connect with others. Trauma is commonly the source of our triggers. Trauma also can stir up when we are least expecting it.
Who I See
The range of *who* I see is wide:
People in adulthood, with a vast age range.
People who feel lonely.
People who are struggling to just “keep up” with life’s pressures.
People who put a lot of pressure on themselves.
People who have served in the military–whether in the past or in the present.
People whose lives feel like they’re crashing down.
People who are single and people in relationships.
While my approach is rooted in Gestalt and existential therapy, I use evidence-based techniques to help my clients feel immediate and longterm results. These include mindfulness, breathing, visualizing, emotional regulation, cognitive-behavior approaches, and affirmations. I gently challenge my clients as appropriate. Some clients find that “homework” from therapy is really helpful for them to stay accountable and to see changes in their lives. I help clients rethink particular stories and beliefs. I help my clients stay grounded in their bodies and connect with their thoughts and feelings.
I am also looking forward to offering EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to clients starting in Fall 2018.