I offer individual counseling sessions in person in the Asheville area and an online option to clients throughout North Carolina through a secure, HIPPA-compliant telehealth platform which allows you to receive services from the convenience of your own location.
What should I expect in therapy?
If you’re new to therapy, you may be wondering what to expect out of this rather mysterious process. Honestly, it’s the relationship that is created between the client and therapist that is a big part of the magic. When you find a therapist you trust and feel comfortable working with, you create a place where it’s safe to practice new skills that you are hoping to bring into the rest of your life. First, please know that I respect and honor your unique journey that has led you to this moment. Each of our paths is different and seeking counseling, even when you aren’t in crisis, takes courage.
I will bring my gifts of presence, compassion, unconditional acceptance and positive regard to each session along with over twenty years of clinical experience and interventions from many treatment modalities. Together we can begin to help you become more aware of limiting, recurrent patterns in your life, bringing awareness, perspective and possibility to stuck places. Feel free to use the complimentary, 15-minute consultation to ask questions that you may have that aren’t answered here.
During our first session we will review some of your initial paperwork and spend most of the remainder of our time discussing what issues led you to seek treatment, what has worked and what hasn’t, begin to define your goals, and devise strategies to move you towards those goals. I encourage you to use therapy time, and your relationship with me, to try out a new way of being. This is your time to practice being more assertive, connected, powerful, or whatever other adjective you are hoping to embody more comfortably in your life. If you can use counseling sessions as a rehearsal for those skills, it’s much easier to begin practicing them outside of the therapy hour.
Everything we discuss in session is confidential and the pace of our work, what you choose to share, and how we approach solutions, is up to you. I will sometimes challenge and gently confront to help you notice patterns, but you can also practice asserting your preferences and needs in the therapy relationship. This time is your time, so you will be able to guide our process so that it best meets your needs.
"A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear that results from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.”