Prior to becoming a counselor, I worked in juvenile probation and Child Protective Services. I quickly gained an understanding that people are more than their worst behaviors. Too often, people allow the labels placed on them to become their identity. You are not lost because of choices you make. Your past does not have to define who you are, though we are all shaped by our experiences.
I approach therapy from an existential philosophy, meaning I recognize that life is not always fair. It also means that we need to grab control of what we can control: our thoughts, our actions, and our responses. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, along with Reality Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral skills to teach you how to take back that control. I approach our therapeutic relationship with equal amounts of empathy and accountability.
We all have a story. I want to know your story, your explanation. I want to show you how to never use your story as your excuse again.