In the past, psychotherapy could be thought of as something that obligated clients to talk about things that were too difficult to bring up. How does psychotherapy work if 1) you aren’t clear about what’s wrong to begin with, 2) you know what’s wrong but it’s too painful to talk about, or 3) you don’t want to talk about it? When we break down the word psychotherapy, we discover psyche refers to the mind as a part of you that impacts all of you, and especially the body. Therapy refers to attending and guiding, so psychotherapy deals with tending and guiding the mind in such a way that overall health and wellbeing is supported, so toxic emotions, thoughts, and feelings can be eased.
I believe that in order for psychotherapy to help bring about life change, it must naturally involve your experience—how you process things, how aware you are of what concerns you—so you can better understand the whole of your problem and the options you might have. As the person seeking change, successful growth during psychotherapy (and counseling in general) depends on many things: your full engagement, curiosity, and a willingness to explore. In order to support you in talking about painful experiences, my goal is to help you learn how to focus on areas that are perhaps already changing, and raise your awareness about what’s falling away (and what’s coming into being), so you can creatively guide your own process of change, rather than have it control you.