To help you understand who I am and how I work, here are my most important assumptions about therapy:
- You are the expert in your life. Only you know what works for you and the best solutions are the ones you find yourself. It is my job to help you figure out what changes you want and how to make them.
- My expertise is to help you create a safe space where you can say what you need to without being criticized or told what to do.
- You have the right to make your own goals, based on your values and desires. I may offer additional perspectives or ideas, but only if and when you want to hear them.
- You have strengths which you are already using to try to make your life better. My role is to help you recognize your strengths, build on them, and identify steps towards living a life that matches what is important to you.
- You are a complex person, and I will not view you as a set of problems, a list of symptoms, or a diagnosis.
- The most important part of therapy is a positive, consistent and respectful relationship. I will work hard to earn your trust and help you to have a successful and healing experience.