Sometimes a person is hesitant about beginning therapy because of a fear that we will spend the whole time focusing on and digging up the past. I believe that it is important to understand the past so that one can recognize what is upsetting now, and how to make the best decisions in the future. I often focus on the past to the extent that it will help to improve the future. I help each client learn specific techniques that can directly improve daily life, such as learning effective communication skills and relaxation methods.
Whether you are interested in therapy because of a specific problem, or a general feeling of unhappiness, I try to meet you where you are, establish workable goals, and assist you in the process of change. In therapy, I provide a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment.
Together we will:
- Explore your concerns.
- Understand the roots of your behaviors.
- Gain new insights.
- Make necessary changes.
- Learn new coping skills.
- Accept the things that cannot be changed.