Therapy needs to be about trust, honesty and rapport. Sounds nice and cliche, doesn't it. Let me explain.
People decide to enter therapy for a myriad of reasons but the, oversimplified, common denominator bringing people to therapy is some form of struggle with relationships. Granted the boiling point that stirs the person to take the courageous leap to honestly look at themselves may be caused by some specific significant event. Yet, the ultimate reason most people seek help is because they want to maintain, create, or stabilize a relationship in their life. Nobody wants to be alone. We all seek companionship, a feeling of being connected. For those struggling with substance abuse, alcoholism, or any other addictive behavior, it is the "using" or the intoxication that provides the sought after companionship. Sometimes the relationship we seek is, in fact, with ourselves. You can't love others if you don't love yourself.
In order to effectively explore missteps or obstacles in your relationships, I will examine our therapeutic relationship as it truly serves as the most informative insight in to your personal relationships. All people naturally thrive at self-improvement if we remove the personal obstacles creating our barriers toward growth. Whether you're looking to succeed at work, at love, or at simply coping with daily stress, I will be able to guide you in exploring and removing these obstacles. In therapy, we wont over-analyze the problems; we'll address the solutions. We'll focus on building an honest therapeutic relationship so we can properly explore and remove these obstacle and discover healthy solutions. I find the existential-humanistic and the cognitive-behavioral perspectives and models to be productive and effective in therapy.
My favorite AA slogan: "It works if you work it. You're worth it, so work it." Do me a favor, for the next line, close the eyes of the part of you that wants to give up... Closed?... Ok; If you are reading this then I've touched the part of you that cares for you. Listen to this healthy part of you and take the next step to healing and succeeding. Remove your obstacles. Clear your path!