SO WHAT MATTERS MOST IN GOOD THERAPY?
It is about our relationship together. That is where the trust and safety happen to soften your way towards the change you desire.
I really enjoy working with worried, over-achieving women who are trying to make sense of the pain points that have happened to them along the way. I love the way they bring their insight and willingness to change to this process. Sometimes it is a matter of increasing their awareness about self-limiting habits or patterns they have slipped into, and sometimes, just having the input of a third “uninterested” party for reflection can be helpful.
EMOTIONAL SAFETY IS KEY
I work hard to make this relationship your safety net, a place to express, privately, the barrage of challenging emotions we face when struggling. Helping you to feel comfortable saying out loud what feels most threatening or shameful is helpful to you. And I can take it, even your criticism if I am not on track, and hold it for you without judgment. I want you to participate in your journey as an equal.
There are times during therapy when it may feel a little messy, or a bit painful. And sometimes it feels confusing. We will likely be able to laugh about some of it. It’s not all drudge work!
Helping you to feel safe enough to untangle your thoughts is important. Clients say they like my direct, but compassionate, approach as an anxiety and couples therapist. I definitely don’t offer the ‘blank face’ approach to counseling where the therapist just sits and nods while you try and figure out what in the world they want from you.
WHY BOTHER WITH THERAPY?
Life will always be filled with challenges. And I simply see no point in struggling alone with them. A little help can go a long way, and 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. We are, after all, the only species with the ability of complex speech bolstered by the very real need to connect with others.
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.
Working with clients who are ready to change is a privilege I do not take lightly.
I prepared for this chapter in my life by both experiencing 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, much of it from my clients. They always teach me, something I cherish.
I am ever the 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.