Therapy helps us to appreciate who we are now and to grow into who we want to be. This opens up limitless possibilities for our lives.
The foundation of therapy is the relationship between the therapist and client. The client needs to feel understood and that all thoughts, feelings and fantasies are accepted. On the other hand, you don’t have to divulge anything before you feel comfortable doing so. Just because you’re in therapy doesn’t mean you’re obligated to spill your deepest, darkest secrets. It takes time to get to know one another and establish a comfort level to talk freely.
My goal is to enable clients to become more self-accepting. This process, sometimes seemingly mystically, (and sometimes quite intentionally) also helps in developing and achieving goals. Many clients desire to be more successful in their interpersonal relationships, whether or not they are already in one. The therapeutic relationship provides the path to more gratifying relationships outside the therapy room.
We all relate to the world through the template of how we were treated growing up. When that universal phenomenon pokes its head into the treatment, we can deal with it so that people can capitalize on their strengths, make sound life choices and stop repeating the past's painful patterns.