I approach all of my clients from a stance of openness and curiosity. During sessions, I use a combination of honest communication and metaphors. My approach is collaborative and I welcome feedback throughout the counseling process to make sure we are on the same page.
As a SAFE trained EMDR therapist, I offer an evidence-based approach to help people become unstuck from past trauma and attachment injuries. For many people, EMDR provides a way to move through past trauma and to start living a life consistent with the person they want to be.
I am also trained in ACT, which informs my belief that experiencing uncomfortable emotions and thoughts is a normal part of being human. Using this approach, I work with my clients to start embracing these experiences, rather than avoiding them.
Each person has a different idea of what it means to live a life fulfilled, and therefore I work with my clients to identify the values that are most important to them to guide our work together.
While I don't subscribe to the belief that "everybody needs a therapist", I do believe a lot of people could benefit from therapy at various parts of their life. Feeling sad and worried are as much a part of being human as feeling content or happy, and sometimes our difficult emotions can be a way for us to identify what is most important to us. I believe that people can find purpose and hope even after the most difficult of situations. The forest is able to regrow after a wildfire.
Continued learning is one of my biggest values, and I am often between a book (or two) and trainings, about topics both within the field and out of it. As a fellow human, I try to use the practices that I use with my clients. Cost can often be a barrier to individuals seeking treatment, therefore I base my fees on a sliding scale to be more accessible.