I work from the assumption that people have their own skills and knowledge and that they are the experts in their own lives. In my work, I provide collaborative space for the people I meet with to name their own goals and challenges.
My role in therapy sessions would be to help you explore and process what you want for yourself and/or your relationships and the factors that are getting in the way of it through listening, curiosity, and asking reflective questions. Our work together is guided by what you want to see different in your life/relationship that you have reached out for therapy at this time.
Power, Privilege, and Safety
I am comfortable and experienced in working with a wide range of people from different social locations including age, sexuality and gender, race, culture, religion, ability, and socioeconomic status.
I acknowledge the power and privilege afforded to me as a white, cisgendered, able-bodied, and educated person. As a therapist and a supervisor, I continually work to check this power and privilege, engage in anti-oppressive practices, and work towards creating space that is safe enough for folks who hold less power and privilege in our society to engage in therapeutic work with me.
What to Expect
Prior to our first session, I will send you two forms to be reviewed and completed prior to the first session. One is a consent to the service form, and the other is providing contact information form.
Once the forms are completed, we will meet for your first session. First individual sessions are 75 minutes, and subsequent sessions are 60 minutes. First couple/family sessions are 90 minutes, and subsequent sessions are 75 minutes.
In our first session, I will ask about what you would like to see different in your life at this time, what you would notice if that difference took place, and why now are you hoping for this change. These conversations will help us understand what focus our work on together.
The frequency in which we meet with each other is based on your understanding of where you are at in relation to what you want to work on. There might be points in your work with me where you would like to meet with me more regularly, and other times when you want to check-in monthly. It is entirely up to you and what you will find more helpful.
Finding a Therapist that Fits for You
Finding a therapist who is going to fit you and your needs the best is important for your comfort, safety, and effectiveness of the therapy. Therefore, its good to take your time when making this decision and I am happy to help with it.
If you have any questions about my work and approach, please feel free to request a free 20-minute consultation with me.