If you’ve never been in therapy before, you might have some questions about what to expect. Let me tell you a little about how it might look for you.
An essential part of therapy is the development of a sense of trust and confidence between the therapist and the client. Many of us have spent lifetimes never feeling like we were heard, acknowledged or appreciated. I listen very well, and I do not judge. Knowing that someone hears and appreciates your truth starts you down the road to feeling hopeful and alive. This is a great beginning and often very healing in itself. However, most people find that they also need something more direct and active from their therapists in order to really make a difference. I provide the type of active feedback and honest challenges that give you the push you need to get to the next level.
I am also very good at teaching skills for coping with difficult feelings, relationships and situations. Together we will learn ways to weather hard times and develop the confidence that you have what it takes to do more than just survive. We'll work to identify and enact the kinds of changes that make lasting improvements in your life.
In couples counseling a major goal is to increase your knowledge about yourself, your partner and the patterns of interaction between the two of you. In order to do this, we will look at the kind of life you want to build together and the kind of partner you want to be. I have many tools to help you figure out where you want to go and how to become a more effective partner along the way. In therapy, my goal is to help you each make better adjustments and responses to each other, while also holding true to your own values and beliefs.