Therapeutic Approach

 

Counseling is not about finding a quick fix to our problems or getting rid of difficult emotions. Instead, counseling is a process that helps us better understand the reasons behind these issues and evaluate the ways we are dealing with them. Through this awareness we can begin to work with ourselves, rather than against ourselves, to develop new perspectives, learn new coping skills, and gain a sense of control and agency in our lives.

 

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” 

― Carl R. Rogers

 

I believe that counseling really does help. It takes courage and willingness to start this process. I work from a place of mutual trust and respect-- meeting you where you are at and taking your lead as to the areas you are hoping to work on. I feel that you are the expert on your life and work collaboratively, alongside you, to create the changes you would like to see. I see my role as an ally/advocate and guide, drawing on your strengths, abilities, talents and resilience to support you on the path toward your goals. 

 

Therapy is a very individual process. Every person comes in with different backgrounds, experiences, and beliefs about healing. One approach is not going to work for everyone. That is why I utilize a variety of different techniques and types of therapy so that it can be adjusted to best fit your needs. Underlying these different approaches is the belief that you are important, valuable, and capable of healing. 

 

 

Issues 

 

  • LGBTQ/Sexuality/Gender

  • LGBTQ families

  • Depression

  • Body Image/Eating Disorders

  • Relationship Issues

  • Academic Struggles/Learning Disabilities

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Anxiety

  • Coping Skills

  • Family Conflict

  • Grief/Loss

  • Self-Harm

  • Survivors of Suicide

Types of Therapy

 

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Art/Music Therapy

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Feminist/Multicultural Approach

  • Social Justice/Advocacy Counseling

 

To learn more about the different types of therapy

​Call:

360.421.2996

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