How I do Therapy

...being a therapist is less about making a living, and more about living my life. Simply put, it’s a way of paying attention, which is the purest form of love.
— Mary Pipher, Letters to a Young Therapist

In the broadest sense I approach therapy much like I view story. When we read a story we are looking for how a character was shaped by the events in the story, or by reading between the lines for events that aren't mentioned. Therapy is rather similar to this process for me, I try to understand as deeply as possible the story of the person in my office, and I try to help them to understand it as well. I see my role as a counselor is to be present, listen well, and pay attention while coming alongside someone in need and helping them to navigate a difficult portion of life’s journey. I am interested in helping people dig deeper into their story so that they can better understand where they came from, and where they may be going,

I take a client-centered and eclectic approach when working with clients, drawing from a variety of theories and approaches to best meet the needs of my clients. I don't think there is a "one size fits all" way to do therapy or to understand my clients, so I make sure to be as holistic as possible, focusing on all the parts of a person. I draw heavily from psychodynamic and interpersonal schools of thought, as well as family systems theory. I believe that the experiences early in our life deeply shape our personalities, and how we navigate the world.

My starting point with all clients is that we are all made in the image of a loving God, worthy of honor, respect, and love. I believe that a restored relationship with God, others, and the self is the ultimate source of healing, and that counseling can be a beautiful part of that journey to restoration. I have been deeply formed by my Christian faith and participation in Christian faith communities; however, I am able to work with clients from a variety of faith backgrounds and will never push my beliefs on anyone.