Why should I go to therapy?
Everyone comes to a point in life where things start to pile up. Whether it’s old hurts from the past or current emotions, thoughts, or behaviors that seem to be causing distress in your daily life, you’re not alone. The experience of being overwhelmed with these things or feeling stuck in a loop is a very human condition. Choosing to find help along the way is a sign of maturity and strength, not weakness.
My job as a licensed and trained mental health counselor is to help you identify and work through factors that may be contributing to your distress. Therapy is not a magic pill or simply getting advice. Therapy is a space where you have a chance to unlock the solution that seems just out of reach. I’ll spend some time teaching coping techniques and problem-solving skills if that’s what you need, but more often than not my clients figure out that they were the experts in their own lives all along. They just needed someone to help them find the right path.
After 20 years of experience, I have worked with a long list of psychological and relational issues. However, I work best with individuals that are highly motivated to make a change in their life and are willing to do the work between sessions. I do therapy for anxiety, therapy for depression, therapy for self-esteem issues, divorce recovery therapy, and addiction recovery for the bulk of my practice. I also specialize in therapy for men including work with first responders, therapy for pastors, relationship issues, and disordered sexuality with an emphasis on therapy for pornography issues.
Therapy should never be a “one size fits all” process. Each individual is different and brings a different set of experiences to the session. My therapeutic approach, therefore, is tailored to the client but based on a set of theoretical underpinnings that drive the process. I am solution-focused, which means I spend more time working toward a better future than I do digging around in the past. I am integrative, which means that I draw from a wide variety of psychological theories (including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, and emotion-focused therapy to name a few) and weave those together for a seamless treatment plan. And finally, I am holistic, which means that I work with the client to create change at multiple levels at the same time for a balanced approach.