“Vocation is the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.”
― Frederick Buechner
“The opposite of faith is not doubt, it’s certainty.”
– Anne Lamott
Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.
-Rainer Maria Rilke
There is often fear, doubt, expectancy, or a some mix these and other feelings as you search for psychotherapist who can be helpful to you in your time of need. My hope is to give you some information that you find useful in preparing for psychotherapy, selecting a therapist, and information about me and my practice so you can decide if I might be a fit for you. Psychotherapy is most helpful when there is a strong match between you and your needs and your therapist’s style and personality. Psychotherapists are as unique as their clients.
Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of the psychologist and patient, and the particular problems one brings forward. Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. Some of these might even be directed at your therapist. On the other hand, psychotherapy has also been shown to have benefits for people who go through it. Research says that the relationship between the client and the therapist is the most important element to successful therapy: 1) your sense that you can collaborate with your therapist, 2) that your therapist works on the problems that you want to, and 3) that they work on those problems in a way that fits your personality and approach. You should be selective in who you enter this journey of healing and growth.
My approach is collaborative and can take a variety of forms. I am influenced by relational psychoanalytic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness based therapy, problem solving approaches, psychoeducation, spiritually oriented psychotherapy (for those who seek this). In therapy, I ask questions, make observations, explore thoughts, feelings, family history, and behaviors. I give feedback, provide alternate thoughts for consideration, provide skills training, and recommend other resources.