I’m often told that I don’t seem like the “typical counselor.” That’s a huge compliment in my world! It’s been my goal to create an environment that is energized, collaborative, approachable, and honest. Therapy shouldn’t be uncomfortable, forced, or filled with clinical jargon that no one wants to hear. Research has shown that the greatest predictor of success in counseling is the strength of your relationship with your counselor, so it’s crucial that you work with someone who is a good fit for you.
I decided to become a counselor because I have always been a problem solver. Taking action has always been one of my strengths, but I noticed that it is a challenge for a lot of people.
“A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.” ~ Unknown
We will spend time talking about your comfort zone and begin reframing your doubts about stepping outside of what’s familiar. Since I am solution focused by nature, I often take the same approach with my clients. I want to hear what is going on in life NOW, so we can talk about how to make changes TOMORROW.
If you’ve been living feeling isolated and disconnected from others, lets connect so you can stop missing out on experiences. Staying socially connected to others is not only good for our mental health, but socialization also has a profound impact on our physical health. I may not know the journey that led you to distress, but I’m familiar with navigating the territory. We’re honestly going to laugh along the way too. It’s all part of the process.
Most commonly, I practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) because not only is it an evidence-based practice, but I’ve seen it work time and time again with my clients. Once we become aware of our faulty thinking habits, an improved quality of life is around the corner.
Through CBT, I am able to engage with clients in a way that allows them to find and/or remember their inherent strengths. I want to know what you’re good at, what your hobbies are, and how you would spend a Friday night alone. This knowledge allows me to build on your strengths so YOU believe that YOU can and will get better if you stick with the process. Seeing it through takes time, patience, willingness, and resiliency.
Resilience is one of those things that we all want, but can’t always figure out where to sign up for it. We all know that by definition, resilience is the ability to recover quickly from setbacks. To me, resilience is something that you earn each time you view adversity as an opportunity for growth rather than a misfortune. Setbacks and disappointments are part of daily life, but it doesn’t end there. Using the skills taught in CBT will allow you to catch yourself in a faulty thinking pattern, and you’ll suddenly realize that most setbacks are temporary. Through that realization comes resilience. It truly is powerful. Being part of that process with clients keeps me energized to come to work everyday.
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