Individual therapy is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a licensed therapist or social worker in a safe, caring, and confidential environment. Clients explore and express their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories and identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change. Clients are also empowered to better understand themselves, others around them, and the world they reside in. Through the process of individual therapy, client's set and achieve personal goals and work toward desired change.
People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, to dealing with depression or anxiety, to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. A client and therapist may work together for as few as five or six sessions or as long as several years, depending on the client’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy.
Life experiences can be personal and upsetting, individual counseling provides a manner to discuss private matters in a private environment. We know that in order to achieve the best therapeutic results, you must feel comfortable with your therapist and treatment setting. Together we will have a chance to dive deep into the areas you are feeling stuck in life. We may talk about experiences from your past or about difficulties that are coming up more recently. I am open, honest, non-judgmental and welcoming. I want you to feel comfortable in our work together but I also want you to feel challenged.
Sometimes there will be homework (thinking, writing, practicing a skill, or reading about an issue brought up in session) for you to do outside of our meetings.
Meetings are sometimes serious and hard work but other times there will be laughter and you’ll be surprised with the ease of the discussion. We may touch on anxiety or worries you are having, relationship problems, the challenges of parenting, feelings of depression, dis-satisfactions in your life, difficulty communicating, the impact of addiction on your life or the life of a loved one, or trauma that has happened in your past. Therapy is a way to make changes and I will help guide you.
Life can be different and feel better.
THERAPY FOR WOMEN
As a woman, wife, and mother I am passionate about the unique needs of women's mental health. I believe women benefit from special attention paid to stereotypical gender roles, cultural ideas about femininity and the way many of us define success through relationships. Women carry so much weight on their shoulders having to be many different versions of ourselves depending on our context and who we're with. All of this can take a toll on our well-being. My goal in working with women is to assist them in their particular struggle. This can include depression, anxiety, career stress, relationship issues, postpartum concerns, self-esteem, body image concerns, and the general difficulty of moving from one phase of life to the next.
When something deeply distressing and disturbing happens to us, that thing that feels the most difficult to talk about, therapy can be a way to cope and a place to learn to cope. My goal when working with clients who have been traumatized is to create a safe environment in which to process trauma to resolve symptoms associated with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, such as intrusive thoughts, nightmares, and that continual feeling that you are unsafe. I do this using Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy as a primary modality along with helping trauma victims take back their power and control their thoughts about their experience. This can include helping support families of trauma victims, educating victims about effects of trauma, including what to expect right after the traumatic event vs years after it has occurred, and a place where you can discuss trauma without judgement.