About My Individual Counseling Style
Hi! Let's talk about how we would work together! First and foremost, I tailor my approach to each client. I work with adolescents starting at age 12, and adults of all ages. Each session with each client can also look different, because we will always start with you and what you want to work on. But, that being said, I have some tools I use to give the process a bit of structure.
In our free 15-minute consultation, we will briefly get to know each other. I will ask you to tell me what you want to work on, and I will make sure that I have the tools and expertise to help you. It is part of the American Counseling Association ethical code that I only work with clients who I have the knowledge and skills to help, and I think this also just feels right. So I will make sure that whatever you are working on is something that I know I can help with. If it is not, I will do my best to help you find the right therapist or type of healer for you. If I feel I can help you, we will talk more about what that looks like, and then discuss the paperwork and scheduling.
In our first session, we will work together to establish a few of your goals. We will try and create measurements for some goals, such as lessening symptoms of anxiety, depression, or post traumatic stress disorder. For other goals, we might just write a goal such as, "process the relationship with this person," or "process the trauma and/or feelings of this event." Then if it feels right, we will create a few objectives underneath those goals.
The goals will work to establish a loose structure for our counseling sessions. So, in each session thereafter the first one,
I will ask you want you want to talk about, work on, or maybe just what's on your mind at the moment. As we discuss whatever it is, I will keep your goals in the back of my mind, so that I can keep us on topic. There may be times when what you want to discuss doesn't seem relevant to the topic, but if it is relevant to you, then I want to hear about it! I often see patterns in things to help connect them back, anyhow. So you don't need to worry about working on your goals, or planning what you want to talk about for the next session, or any of that. That's my job. :) Your job is just to show up and be present. :)
I use a few different counseling theories, which I keep in the back of my mind, to help keep us moving in a forward direction with your progress.
This approach helps people to look for meanings, patterns, and direction in lives. It helps guide questions such as, "Who am I?" and "Where do I want to go in my life?" It also provides a framework for noticing patterns in the moment. For example, if we are working together on anxiety, and I notice a thought pattern or behavior that seems to increase your anxiety, then I might call attention to this so we can examine it as it is currently happening.
This is a framework for all genders and gender expressions, which helps to analyze power structures. This can help us notice how general society affects our lives, which can also provide a lens to connect social justice and multicultural components to the therapeutic topic.
This is a set of techniques to help people rewrite their life stories. Often, when a person has experienced trauma, they initially examine their entire lives through that lens, and sometimes even with the lens of being a victim. Narrative therapy helps us to see that we are in fact survivors, and we have the power to view our lives the way feels best to us - not the way society tries to tell us.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy:
There are several techniques that guide this therapy, though there are two I focus on the most. When making life decisions, we can often feel lost. If we focus on our values that are most important to us, that can provide direction in choosing our goals and making decisions in alignment with our values. The other area is mindfulness, which is also part of the next section.
Symptoms of anxiety, depression, and post traumatic stress disorder can all affect our nervous systems. Somatic techniques provide tools to help you notice how you are feeling in your body. Learning to listen to sensations in our body can give us clues about how we are feeling and where those feelings might be coming from. They also include tools such as mindfulness and grounding, which connect us to the present moment. When we are feeling symptoms of depression, we are often somewhat connected to a thought from the past. When we are feeling symptoms of anxiety, we are often somewhat connected to a concern in the future. When we are feeling symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, we are commingling events of the past to concerns of the future. Mindfulness and grounding techniques help bring us to the present and connect to the here and now. These can be used as needed to bring us out of thought spirals. Though, when we use them in an ongoing and regular basis, they can help us prevent the thought spirals from beginning, which translates to feeling just generally calmer overall.
So, what do you think? Would you like to meet and see if we would work well together? Take a look at my calendar and choose a good time to meet! See you soon! :)
Individual counseling is $150 per 50-minute session. I am out of network for insurance, you can ask your insurance company about those benefits and if you would be covered.
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Offering online counseling for people in Seattle, Bellingham, Tacoma, Olympia, Spokane, and all over Washington; and Miami, Orlando, Gold Coast, Gulf Coast, First Coast, Tampa, Jacksonville, and throughout Florida.
Offering online counseling for people in Seattle, Bellingham, Tacoma, Olympia, Spokane, and all over Washington; and Miami, Orlando, Gold Coast, Gulf Coast, First Coast, Tampa, Jacksonville, and throughout Florida. Serving the following Washington counties, online: Adams County, WA, Asotin County, WA, Benton County, WA, Chelan County, WA, Clallam County, WA, Clark County, WA, Columbia County, WA, Cowlitz County, WA, Douglas County, WA, Ferry County, WA, Franklin County, WA, Garfield County, WA, Grant County, WA, Grays Harbor County, WA, Island County, WA, Jefferson County, WA, King County, WA, Kitsap County, WA, Kittitas County, WA, Klickitat County, WA, Lewis County, WA, Lincoln County, WA, Mason County, WA, Okanogan County, WA, Pacific County, WA, Pend Oreille County, WA, Pierce County, WA, San Juan County, WA, Skagit County, WA, Skamania County, WA, Snohomish County, WA, Spokane County, WA, Stevens County, WA, Thurston County, WA, Wahkiakum County, WA, Walla Walla County, WA, Whatcom County, WA, Whitman County, WA, and Yakima County, WA.
Serving the following counties in Florida, online: Alachua County, FL, Baker County, FL, Bay County, FL, Bradford County, FL, Brevard County, FL, Broward County, FL, Calhoun County, FL, Charlotte County, FL, Citrus County, FL, Clay County, FL, Collier County, FL, Columbia County, FL, DeSoto County, FL, Dixie County, FL, Duval County, FL, Escambia County, FL, Flagler County, FL, Franklin County, FL, Gadsden County, FL, Gilchrist County, FL, Glades County, FL, Gulf County, FL, Hamilton County, FL, Hardee County, FL, Hendry County, FL, Hernando County, FL, Highlands County, FL, Hillsborough County, FL, Holmes County, FL, Indian River County, FL, Jackson County, FL, Jefferson County, FL, Lafayette County, FL, Lake County, FL, Lee County, FL, Leon County, FL, Levy County, FL, Liberty County, FL, Madison County, FL, Manatee County, FL, Marion County, FL, Martin County, FL, Miami-Dade County, FL, Monroe County, FL, Nassau County, FL, Okaloosa County, FL, Okeechobee County, FL, Orange County, FL, Osceola County, FL, Palm Beach County, FL, Pasco County, FL, Pinellas County, FL, Polk County, FL, Putnam County, FL, Saint Johns County, FL, Saint Lucie County, FL, Santa Rosa County, FL, Sarasota County, FL, Seminole County, FL, Sumter County, FL, Suwannee County, FL, Taylor County, FL, Union County, FL, Volusia County, FL, Wakulla County, FL, Walton County, FL, and Washington County, FL.