When thinking about writing this, I reflected on the beginnings of my therapeutic experience, and I put a lot of consideration into what it might be like for you as a client. I remember being super curious and a little fearful about what therapy would look like, and how I would navigate this new therapeutic relationship. I want to use this space to let you know that I’m walking on the road right beside you as you navigate through your own therapeutic experience, and invite you to ask questions along the way. I hope that you find my practice to be a place of compassion and empathy as you explore the reasons why you decided to take this next step. Therapy is not forever, so even as you are reading this, take some time and consider what you might want to do in the time we have together. My approach is one where I hope to foster a judgment-free space of support and acceptance where you are able to explore the wholeness of who you are, and talk about the things that have brought you, your child, your family or your marriage to therapy.
Sometimes, along the way, the work we do in therapy isn’t easy, and brings us to places of pain, grief and vulnerability. Sometimes those places are where our voices get lost and we are unable to express our experiences and emotions. In addition to traditional talk therapy, I offer to both children and adults some alternative expressive methods of therapy. We may utilize such expressive arts as sand, clay, drawing, journaling, color and play therapy. You may find these really work for you, or you may want more traditional therapy. The choice is always yours. The one thing I do believe about the dark spots is that the dark doesn’t destroy our light. Instead, our power becomes illuminated when we can acknowledge the dark spots in our lives. As one of my favorite authors, Brene Brown, writes, “The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It's our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.”