SO WHAT MATTERS MOST IN GOOD THERAPY?
I help people who are tired of having their anxiety run the show. And I’ve helped a lot of them. We do this in our relationship together. This is where the trust and safety happen so that you have a soft place to land while you’re doing this work.
When you are trying to make sense of the pain points that have happened to you along the way, I want you to feel that I am your partner in this work. My best clients bring their insight and willingness to change to the process. Sometimes it is a matter of increasing your awareness about self-limiting habits or patterns you may have slipped into, and sometimes, just having the input of a neutral party for feedback can be helpful.
EMOTIONAL SAFETY IS KEY
Whether you struggle with the fear of what others think, losing someone if you don’t please them enough, or you feel like a freak because of some fear you can’t seem to conquer, I’ve got you.
Sometimes therapy feels messy or painful or confusing. And sometimes you end up laughing at things you used to fear! It’s not all drudge work!
Clients say they like my direct, compassionate, approach as an anxiety and couples therapist. I once saw a Judge Judy cartoon that showed her all robed and stern as she said “Don’t tell me it’s raining when you just peed on my leg.” So yes, I will call you on your stuff.
WHY BOTHER WITH THERAPY?
Life will always be filled with challenges. And I simply see no point in struggling alone when a little help will considerably shorten the time you spend struggling. You don’t have to take my word for it; many research meta studies verify that talk therapy works. You can typically expect to start feeling better in as little as 4-6 weeks when you commit to this work. As with any worthwhile effort, you will get out what you put in.
ON TO THE PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS…
I hold two Masters Degrees, one in Public Health & Policy, and another in Clinical Social Work (I am licensed in NC), along with Graduate Specialist Certification in Gerontology (the study of aging). I am certified in Clinical Hypnosis, and have over 200 hours of additional training in this therapeutic mode. I am a contributor to the Star News Community Bloggers and have published a number of articles in the Star News, the NC National Association of Social Workers (NASW) newsletter and Cape Fear Magazine.
Working with clients who are ready to change is a privilege I do not take lightly.
I’ve experienced a lot of these challenges myself. I’m kind of an anxious person, although you may not see it. I have also spent considerable time and effort acquiring a lot of additional training and education, some of it from my clients 😉 They always teach me, something I cherish.
I am a school-loving nerd with piles of interesting reading by my sofa, both fiction and non-fiction. And I’d love to share this knowledge with you.