"How may I be of the best help to you?" This is how we will begin our first session with one another. I see my role as listening to you, affirming you, brainstorming with you, supporting you, challenging you, occasionally providing education to you, and most importantly, empowering you. We will look at your challenges through many lenses. No topic or challenge is off-limits in therapy, and within the safe space of Orion Cottage, we will find solutions. Orion Cottage is safe for all.
I provide therapy for adults. My specialties are mood disorders and trauma, although no one's experience can be compartmentalized so easily. Whatever the challenge, I am dedicated to helping you navigate barriers that may be keeping you from finding balance in your life and achieving healthy, fulfilling relationships. You can and should expect a therapist who identifies you as the center of the therapeutic experience and who applies evidence-based treatment approaches.
Most importantly, I view you as the expert in your life. This understanding is the foundation for everything in our work with one another and any skill, tool, or approach I have in my toolbox rests upon that. Although I draw upon a number of theoretical orientations, my primary approaches are Motivational Interviewing (a client-centered approach which strengthen's one's motivations to change) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (emphasizes the connection between thoughts, moods, behaviors, bodily sensations, and environment). Modern CBT approaches incorporate acceptance, mindfulness, and gratitude as well. Recent research interests also include Acceptance and Commitment Based Therapy and Compassion-Focused Therapy. But, don't let any fancy-sounding labels throw you off! Your life will remain the central focus. In addition to my clinical approach, I highly value time-honored components of wellness and healing including social connection, physical activity, regular sleep, and a balanced diet. And perhaps most importantly, I understand that it is sometimes the world that needs changing, not you. If you are wondering if I can help, call for a free phone consultation.
I am a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) which is devoted to promoting high-quality MI practice and training. I am pleased to share this information and how it might help your organization and clients. For more information about this, please visit www.motivationalinterviewing.org.