I'm a Person-Centered therapist who's also an artist. Therapy is the canvas where the client and I create something new to help them grow.
Counselor in Springfield, MO
Supervised by Keith Wilson MS, LPC, NCC
I often work with people who feel they have gone through a change or are about to--they feel like they are on the cusp of something new and they can't make it out fully. I have experienced quite a few changes in my own life and I use that, along with a Person-Centered therapeutic approach, to help clients explore and try out new possibilities in a safe place so that they can ultimately come out the other side with grace and a sense of purpose.
Person-Centered therapy is my primary modality in which I practice and was trained. As such I have worked to improve in it over the past 9 years of practicing therapy. Much like my experience as an artist, I work to communicate more clearly, be more genuine and present, and show regard for my clients as wonderful and developing works of art.
As a Person-Centered therapist, I have learned a lot from modern psychology and integrate insights and methods into my practice from neuroscience, CBT, EMDR, and Narrative Therapy. I have a background in ministry and spirituality and assist clients in issues of meaning, connection, spirituality, and religion.
As a Person-Centered therapist, I believe clients' are the expert on themselves and the direction they want to go with their lives. Because of this, and my past experiences with religious systems of control, I am an astute observer of power and how it has been used in the development of psychological theories and modalities. This has led me to an approach that integrates Culturally Sensitive and Feminist therapies.
My approach to counseling allows clients to begin to unpack and express the thoughts and feelings that they are anxious about and through exposure in a positive environment, there can be a reduction of the fear and anxiety that accompany those thoughts and feelings.
Clients who struggle with depression are reaching out to be understood and to share their burden, but find it difficult to find someone they feel they can share that with, someone who understands and whom they feel can handle being burdened with it. In my approach to therapy, being that kind of person for my clients is key.