Why engage in Therapy?
What brings you to therapy is unique to you. Many people come with a specific life concern, others simply want a confidential space in which they can unpack their experiences and emerging desires. Some are seeking greater clarity and self-understanding. I work with a wide array of people dealing with all sorts of life issues. I regularly work with people:
experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety
navigating relationship issues
navigating sexual identity issues
overcoming a history of sexual abuse
integrating spiritual or entheogenic experiences
making significant life choices
Psychotherapy can help
If you are reading this, then you’ve probably already decided that you want to seek help in improving your life. You’re probably wondering if psychotherapy can help you achieve insight, healing, growth, or change. The good news is that it can and does help, if you can build a engaged and trusting relationship with a well trained therapist. Psychotherapy can really change your life, and one the most common refrains I hear from clients is, “I wish I’d done this years ago.”
FINDING THE RIGHT THERAPIST
Psychotherapy is a self-regulated field, and this means that consumers need to be discerning when finding a therapist. Poor quality therapy is at best ineffective and at worst harmful. Be sure to check the training, credentials, and professional membership of your therapist.
Beyond this, research shows that effective psychotherapy is not possible without a good therapeutic relationship. Finding a therapeutic relationship that works for you can be a frustrating process. One great way to find a good therapist is via word-of-mouth recommendations from friends and colleagues. Another way is to search the internet until you find a therapist’s website that appeals to you. For example, if anything that you’re reading on this website resonates with you, then we might be a good fit, and I encourage you to get in touch.
While things like recommendations and websites can point you in the right direction, you will ultimately only know whether you and your therapist are a good fit when you sit across from him/her and start doing the work. One thing to keep in mind in your early sessions is that good psychotherapy won’t always feel comfortable or easy. Indeed, if it is too comfortable, you’re probably wasting your time and money.
I have had the honour of working with a great many people over the last eight years. I have seen countless people embrace new and more honest versions of themselves. I have seen people lay down burdens that they have been carrying for decades, and step into lighter and brighter futures. I have seen people find the courage to let others close to them. I have seen vitality seep back into lives that had begun to feel dull and stuck.
I am committed to my work and I would welcome the opportunity to work with you. To get more of a sense for me and how I work, please visit the about page, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may have.