But, you may have questions….
I feel ashamed and guilty about some of my behavior. I don’t know if I can tell anybody – even a therapist. I’m really worried about what he or she might think.
I am a trained and experienced therapist, and my role is not to play judge or priest. My number one concern is your wellbeing and that you feel safe, comfortable and heard in our sessions. I have enough life and professional experience to really get that human beings have seemingly infinite behaviors, needs and thoughts, and that’s okay. And, even if you think that your problem, situation or behavior is unique, it is likely not that unusual. I want to stress that there have been, are and will continue to be people who are struggling with similar issues. With help, it is extremely likely that you’ll begin to feel better about yourself.
I fear that I’m beyond help. I have no idea what it is I want or what to do next. If I don’t know, how could a stranger help me?
Because of my experience and training, I can help you to see things that you may be struggling to see yourself. There are parts of your physical body that you cannot see without the help of an external aid like a mirror. Similarly, there are parts of your psychological identity and behavioral patterns that are also difficult to see without objective, external help. As a professional, I’m able to see these challenges and help you identify issues that are holding you back. And, we’ll work together in a way that will help you to become more comfortable with who you are and what you’ll be discovering about yourself.
I’ve seen therapists before and they all say the same things. How are you different?
I try to keep things simple and get to the root causes of your pain. Once we identify the sources, it’s my practice to help you figure out a set of rules and tools that are easy to apply to your life situations. Feeling better usually doesn’t have to take years of strenuous emotional work – although for some it may. But, in most cases, my goal is to help you become an emotionally self-reliant and much happier person. With a few simple shifts in perception and behavior, it truly is possible!