Offering in-office and online sessions.

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I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

Even thou you haven’t done this before., I’m glad you have taken the brave step to search for support. Asking for help when in need is a sign of strength, not weakness. When you ask for help, you are honest with yourself by acknowledging that something in your life doesn’t seem right and you what to make it right. It is a good thing because you can’t fix something if you don’t think it’s broken. By seeking out counseling, you choose not to be alone in your pain anymore and find a resolution for your difficulty.

Do you offer other trauma therapy besides EMDR?

Yes. My desire to support you is to find what works best in helping you heal. With this in mind, I have also invested time and training in studying other techniques. I use somatic work and Splankna ( muscle testing and prayer). These are referred to as “bottom-up” techniques that first engage the body in healing and then the mind.

How long is a session? How often do I need to come to counseling?

Each session is 50 minutes long. In some situations, like an EMDR session, it maybe 90 minutes.

 I like to see my clients weekly for about the first 8 to 12 weeks. This general time frame is to get to know each other, build trust, and create momentum in the healing process. After that time frame,  we reassess your needs for further counseling and how often you may need to attend.

How long will it take?

Everyone’s need for counseling is different, and the length of time is different as well. The timing verifies because we are all unique beings. And we are going to dig deep into your unique self to heal and gain understanding. Also, healing isn’t a linear process. It can even seem messy at times, with taking steps forward and backward. Our goal is always to learn through the process, no matter the time frame.

I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

I have found those who get the most out of our sessions generally have these three things in common:

1) Are committed to the healing process–even if facing setbacks, they don’t give up!

2) Are consistent and prioritize counseling sessions

3)  They do the work in and out of the session. They are willing, to be honest, to address their struggles and work through their pain. They also are intentional about completing homework assignments, reading books, journaling, or practicing strategies learned.


I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.

What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.

How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.

How long will it take?

Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.

I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.