There are many reasons why you might be considering therapy at this time: a long-standing problem, the impact of a current life situation, wanting help and support for your personal growth. Whatever your reasons, I know that it’s important for you to find a counselor/therapist with whom you feel you can develop a good working relationship – someone whom you feel you can trust, who can understand your situation, and someone who is going to give you the type of help you need to move towards your goals. Therapy can transform peoples lives, but it is HARD work! Sometimes growth is painful, but if you’re willing to do the work few things in life can be this rewarding.
I have a direct, “no BS” approach that differs from many therapists. I empathize and support my clients 100%, but I am going to hold you accountable. I will not just tell you what you want to hear, I will encourage and push you to overcome the barriers that have to this point prevented you from leading a happy, fulfilled life. Sometimes we need support and understanding. Sometimes we need a kick in the butt.
I combine building an understanding of the past with a focus on the present and what tangible things we can do NOW to make changes. Gaining insight and understanding into the “why” things are happening is an important piece of the puzzle. However, that only gets us so far – regardless of why it happens, what are you going to do about it? Theories I incorporate in my practice include: DBT, CBT, solution focused, and Jungian.
I received my Masters (counseling, clinical psych, sport/exercise psych) from Oregon State Univ. My Bachelors in psychology is from Metro State University of Denver. I am also a Cancer survivor and a USMC veteran.