For the first time in my life, I realized telling the truth was way different from finding the truth, and finding the truth had everything to do with revisiting and rearranging words.
- Kiese Laymon
What the heck is therapy
Strange as it sounds, I really didn't know what therapy was before I became a therapist. It never made sense to me to talk to a stranger about my internal world - heck, I barely even know I had an internal world.
But now I understand therapy as one of my most unique and special human relationships -- a place where someone truly listens to you, to help you discover parts of yourself you didn't know or, for many reasons, couldn't know. A therapist is like a guide or companion into the deeper parts of your mind, of your history, of your experiences. Together, we will explore your patterns, your pain, the places you feel stuck. By examining your past, you are able to grow.
And yet, I'm particularly attentive to, and respectful of, the ways that people need to be defended against knowing themselves. We will move at a pace that feels right to you.
The purpose of therapy is that it takes two people to see the things you can't see on your own.
As a therapist, I am engaged, collaborative, funny, and relational. But this is not a generic or manualized treatment; the elements of the therapeutic relationship will be particular to you and I. I have experience working with various and varied clinical issues in therapy, and am happy to meet with you to see if we're the right fit.
Good therapy can be a relationship that transforms us both.
You should have changed if you wanted to remain yourself but you were afraid to change.
- Joy Williams
Reasons to come to therapy
Anxiety and worry about the future, including the terrifying realities of a Donald Trump presidency.
Feeling fraudulent because you work at a demanding tech company and worry you will never be good enough.
Feeling "some type of way" (but not knowing what/why).
Unable to create meaningful relationships or derive value from interactions with other people.
Because what other space do you have that's just for you.