MS, LMHC, NCC-
360-224-5334 License #: LH60450502
An Integrative Approach
Counseling services for anyone who is dealing with the struggles of life.
My hope is that through your time in counseling, you will experience healing from
the past, help for the present, and hope for the future.
Psychotherapy and counseling can help you to:
-Set healthy boundaries
-Manage your stress
-Confront your fear and anger
-Find peace and autonomy
-Improve your self-esteem and self-reliance
-Let go of unhealthy expectations of yourself and others
-Find balance and navigate healthy control and power
-Become more responsible
-Replace self-destructive behaviors
-Let go of emotional and psychological pain
I offer psychotherapy and counseling for issues related to:
-Sex Positive Exploration
-Relationship problems and concerns
-Obsessive and compulsive thinking
-Outdated belief systems and negative thinking
-Identity issues and finding purpose and meaning
-Coming out and issues related to LGBTQI
-Loss and grief
-Cultural, spiritual or religious conflicts
Research shows that the relationship developed between counselor and client has been found to predict treatment outcome across a range of client problems and treatment settings. Put simply, finding the right counselor is important! In my office you can expect a comfortable and safe environment for yourself and your loved ones.
You Can Expect:
-a safe space
-a non-judgmental relationship
My goal is to create a relationship and an environment in which clients can discover their true potential, feel safe to be completely honest, and feel unconditional acceptance.
The work that we do together will incorporate psychological, biological, social, and spiritual approaches to wellness. We will examine how each of these areas are contributing to your life and presenting problem(s) and develop a treatment plan that targets many of the areas listed in the diagram below. Each person is different, so your plan will look different than anyone elses depending on your needs and desires.
For example, a treatment plan may include: Psychological, social, and emotional counseling, exercise or body movement interventions such as yoga, and/or spiritual exploration and development such as mindfulness or meditation. Keep in mind, spiritual exploration does not necessarily relate to religion. Many people are spiritual without being religious, and some people combine the two.
Another individual may want to focus on a very specific problem, such as post traumatic stress or obsessive compulsive disorder, in which case specific evidence based treatments and interventions would be the major focus of counseling.
Your Initial Intake:
The first step, once we have decided to work together, is to complete an intake session. Your intake appointment is primarily an information-gathering session for me. I need to learn a lot about you and your history in a short amount of time in order to properly evaluate your concerns and arrive at how I can best work with you.
I will want to hear what your current problem is and where you think it started. This will help address your immediate needs and what brought you in. But I also might ask you a bit about your childhood and family background, and a little about many of the areas listed in the above diagram, in order to understand your unique situation, development, and problem.
You, being the expert on yourself, can share as much or as little as you’d like. Focus on what’s most important to you. Many times you will leave your first session thinking you left out something important. Not to worry, it’s something you can always talk about in your next session. At the end of this appointment we will discuss your options for future counseling sessions and set up your next appointment.
Many people will leave their first session alternately feeling: exhilarated, relieved, scared, peaceful, even more anxious, and hopeful, or any combination of these feelings and more. Psychotherapy is an experience unlike any other in this world. It is powerful, but it can also be a little scary and intimidating. Most people who try psychotherapy end up liking and appreciating it and look forward to the time with their therapist as a chance to explore new ways of being, thinking, and feeling.
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