I like people and welcome diversity in age, race, gender, sexual orientation and faith. I try to be warm, non-judgmental, and open to your values. I am direct. I listen more than I talk, and do not use "psychobabble" when I do speak. I want to hear what has brought you to this place, and how, together, we can work to remedy your concerns or relieve your pain. When we first meet we will make sure I am the best type of therapist for your concerns – if not, that’s ok—you won’t hurt my feelings if you need someone with different skills or a different approach.
I want to create a safe place for you, and I want to focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. I want to hear your life story and family of origin experiences. Depending on your concern, I may ask you about your physical health, sleep habits, medications you take, eating and exercise habits, etc. because I believe all of these contribute to your psychological health. (But there won’t be lectures! It’s your life, not mine.)
In addition to counseling training, I have degrees in learning theory and human growth and development, so I am also looking at where you are in your life: each life stage brings different challenges. Your work, family dynamics, and your personal network all have very direct effects on your overall mental and physical health, so I may ask you about those factors too.
Seeking a counselor means putting yourself “out there”. Seeking help is the first step toward taking control of your life and health. So when you call, you are very brave, and I know you are taking a risk with the first phone call and first visit. I respect that.
It would be an honor to work with you, and I will always appreciate your trust.