MichaelI did not always know I wanted to be a counselor.  In fact, it wasn’t until I was one year into my graduate program that I realized I had a special gifting and passion for counseling.  I had just started my internship, and everything I had learned in the previous year was simply theory.  When I sat with my first client, however, I was finally able to see how all that theory could be used to actually help someone.  I learned that what people like you are really looking for is to be understood for who you are, not who people want you to be, and I love having the opportunity to provide a safe space for you to truly be yourself.

Not only that, but I see the counseling relationship as a space to celebrate your triumphs.  I want to focus on the triumphs you have already achieved and build on those.  You may not feel like there are many, or any, triumphs you’ve accomplished.  But I never fail to be amazed at the incredible strength and resiliency of my clients, and while they may be hidden to you now, my hunch is you’re mananging your concerns better than you think.  The work may be hard, but therapy is an opportunity to build on the strengths you already have and develop compassion for yourself for the those you don’t.  A past supervisor of mine once said counselors are leading from behind.  I love that picture, because it demonstrates that while I have expert training in this field, our work together is a collaboration.  I will often ask that we explore a particular area, but it is up to you to decide what changes to make and when.

I therefore strive to help you identity gifts and strengths that can help you live in a way that is compatible with the person you believe yourself to be.  I believe the relationship between the client and therapist is of the utmost importance.  It is through a positive and supportive relationship with me that you will be able to share the thoughts and emotions that are most distressing to you, and I therefore strive to provide a safe and encouraging environment.  I want to help you slow down, breathe deeply, and carefully examine the burdens you have been carrying.  Together we can then start the process of identifying what you would like to keep, and what you can lay down.

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