I believe that counseling should be client-focused, collaborative, and intentional. Each individual has a unique and culturally diverse situation that is best understood through empathetic and non-judgmental listening. I do not pretend to be an expert in your life and do not offer a magic bullet. What I do offer is a safe and supportive space to join you as you take on life’s challenges.
I work from the point of view that we benefit greatly from more fully understanding our problems. It is important to raise awareness around the emotions and thoughts we have, so that we are able to be intentional with our behavioral responses, instead of allowing our automatic reactions to take over. If we are able to take time to recognize how our thoughts, behaviors, and emotions are interrelated, we can begin to implement strategies to overcome barriers and help us achieve more out of life.
Positive change in therapy is supported by a strong therapeutic relationship between therapist and client. With that strong foundation, it is possible to bring difficult and challenging aspects of life into the open. Therapy can be useful to investigate thoughts or patterns that may be causing unnecessary stress. These thoughts or patterns were once functional yet may no longer be serving you in the present. It is through open and honest conversation that the therapist and client can work together to shift those thoughts or patterns to be realistic and adaptive.