Why contact a stranger for help when you have friends and family who are willing and consistently offering their help and support?
Because as weird as it may feel to trust a complete stranger with your intimate thoughts, feelings, and struggles, counseling is a very different source of help and support simply because the relationship is different.
As a counselor, I am responsible to be present with you and for you, helping you stay 100% focused on YOU and the issues and topics you prioritize. I work for you which means that the expectations for our relationship are different from the ones you have with family and friends.
The therapeutic setting offers safe, non-judgmental, high quality space and time that is specifically structured to your needs, abilities, and comfort level. The goals for therapy as well as the style and pace of intervention will be what you feel comfortable with once I complete a thorough clinical assessment and you have a clear understanding of the therapeutic approaches I am trained and qualified to use to help you.
My role is to help you recognize patterns and processes that have reduced the quality of your life and to give you information, tools, and support to make the changes you want to make, and to give your the tools necessary to work toward meeting the goals you have set for yourself. I use evidence based interventions and approaches that help you create useful structure, develop communication strategies, identify and set healthy boundaries, and teach you coping skills and strategies that have applications in real world situations.
How to contact me:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org . This is truly the best way to make first contact with me. Phone and fax: 630-383-7006. When contacting me by phone, please speak clearly and slowly and leave a call back number, a good time to reach you, and your email address so that I can contact you that way if we end up missing each other due to busy schedules. I am often with patients until late in the evening and I have found that email is often the best way to get a conversation started.
After receiving your phone message or email, I will contact you within 48 hours.