What’s Your Story?
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I am systemically trained. What that means is, I was trained to not just look at the clients and the problems they bring with them, the solutions they desire, and the strategies to get there, but I look at all the systems that client is engaged in and affected by, both internal and external, small and large. Each member of a system (couple, family, job, school, friendships, culture, society, etc) including between the systems themselves interact with each other and form patterns and create dynamics. Those interactions create narratives that create the story of a client’s life and the client’s perceived role in that storyline. In therapy, I am going to want to hear your story—what happened, how you got here, who is a part of your life, what you want, etc. As you share your story, we will explore options and strategies for how you would like to see your story unfold from the first session onward.
What to Expect in Therapy
Sessions are generally unstructured, reflective, conversational, collaborative and experiential. From our first engagement, we are now a part of each others’ stories. Sessions are not just centered around what has been written in your story so far, (symbolically speaking of course), but how you would like to see the rest play out. We work on this collaboratively based on what you are ready to talk about and address. We will work together capitalizing on strengths and successes to empower you to achieve your goals.
While therapy is largely unstructured sometimes a little direction is needed to assist with getting an individual, couple, or family unstuck. This direction may come in the form of homework that is designed based on what occurs in the session itself, a combination of individual and joint sessions to allow each member of that client system an opportunity to address specific concerns, identify goals, and explore strategies to get “unstuck” in a repetitive storyline, or sessions might incorporate specific information aimed to increase self-awareness of unconscious automatic patterns and bring them to the surface. Therapy can be an uplifting, rewarding, and empowering experience. At times, however, it can be frustrating for thoughts, behaviors, or dynamics to be challenged. Sometimes it might seem scary to begin doing and thinking in ways that are unfamiliar and new. The process of healing can be tiring until the new really sinks in and you begin to see and experience the new change as a success.
The Therapeutic Relationship
Healing work is hard work and requires a certain level of compassion and empathy by the therapist you choose. I consider myself to be naturally compassionate, intuitive, and empathic and incorporate such traits into the therapeutic relationship. As your therapist, I am no stranger to the cliff hangers, climaxes, villains, multi-dimensional characters and traumatic chapters that are often a part of a riveting novel. This combination of personal as well as professional and academic experience, I believe, has enabled me to be uniquely qualified to assist you in your journey, while you retain complete authorship of your own story. I strive to create an environment of safety that is inclusive, non-judgmental, and culturally sensitive. I understand the unique privacy needs of my clients residing in our small town and neighboring towns and keep my practice small and low-key for that purpose, a quality that is difficult to find in the hustle and bustle of a clinic or agency setting.
Please contact me with any questions you may have.