Let’s be real. This can feel like an odd process.
You’re trying to find someone to trust with deeply personal concerns who isn't wrapped up in your same challenges.
Asking for support opens a door that can lead to a lot more vulnerability. That doesn't bring out the "warm fuzzies" in most people.
Remember, this isn’t about being “fixed” but healing through relationships. To do this work, it is crucial that you feel safe, cared for and heard. We've all heard stories about how therapy felt awkward or pointless. I consider it my responsibility to make sure that is not your takeaway - whether we are a good fit or not.
Research shows therapy is only productive when you've found a good therapeutic "fit." What this means, to me, is that my training, style, and personality can create a space for your goals that feels respectful, safe, empathic, and growth-focused. A good therapeutic relationship takes showing up with a geniuine effort to understand and needs intentional time to develop.
For those looking for specific modalities, I invite you to take a look at my training and interests. I frequently incorporate current research on vulnerability and shame (Brene Brown), integrated human development (Dan Siegel), and self-compassion (Kristin Neff) into sessions. If you're unfamiliar with these concepts, that's more than ok. It's my job to offer you a blend of education and experience that honors your goals and needs.
My clients often come to me looking for support related to specific experiences, such as (but not limited to):