Counseling is a bit like “cleaning house.” I begin by joining clients at the front door of “their house,” and we assess what needs attention. Chaos and clutter in the entry may need immediate focus. Maybe the bedroom is a disaster. Perhaps the basement appears so vast and scary that you dare not go down there. For some the chaos may be contained in area, but for others, it may be spread all over. Fortunately the skills learned early in counseling build upon each other over time, and they become more instinctual as work progresses.
My “cleaning” approach lies in narrative therapy at its core, but I utilize other interventions as necessary, such as CBT, DBT, or mindful self-compassion. We all have stories of who we are, where we have been, and where we are going. In counseling we will examine these stories from many angles. How did I come to believe what I believe? Who and what taught me to feel the way I do? Can I really rewrite my own story in a way that is freeing and helpful? Taking time to write a complete and accurate story leads to healthier understanding of self, others, and the world. We build a space that is safe, relaxed, and even fun some times, all to create forward movement. We will plan and prioritize a process of growth and healing based strengths and a real hope.
- Trauma Recovery
- LGBTQ+ Issues
- Coming Out
- Mixed Orientation Marriages
Call or text to schedule a free 30 minute phone consultation – (770) 828-5441. We can discuss what issues you are facing and how therapy may be of benefit. Counseling is an investment of emotion, time, and resources, so it is a good idea to kick the tires a bit before jumping in. I look forward to talking with you soon!