My hope is to offer you space to freely unload the burdens that are heavy on your shoulders. You’ve no doubt tried to handle things on your own up to this point. Maybe the support of friends and family is either not enough or not possible. I am here to listen and be present with you in this overwhelming time. Though I listen, I don’t just stare at you for the whole session with a smile and a nod. I offer observations and feedback. I do not give advice or tell you what I would do. Instead, I help you look for the best solution for YOU. I may not always take your side as friends and family often do, in the attempt to avoid disappointing you. Rather, I am here to identify what is healthy vs. unhealthy and functional vs. dysfunctional. I stand alongside you, not in front of you as a teacher; I do not tell you what to do. My hope is that, through the process of unloading your burdens and exploring all their implications, you begin to make your own connections about how to move forward with your life. Change begins with you.
How Psychotherapy Can Help:
Therapy can be a way for you to have someone truly listen to you without fear of judgment or criticism. Family and friends can be great listeners, but sometimes there is a real fear that what you say might be used against you later. Another fear you may have is that they will judge and criticize you for our choices. Psychotherapy offers confidentiality. I will not see you at work, social events, school, or any other place in public. I’m legally bound to keep your information to myself (unless you are a danger to yourself or others). Also, there is really nothing that will shock me. I am greatly aware of many situations that might cause people shame, embarrassment, or guilt. These are the very things that keep us from seeking help. These are the boundaries of therapy that are designed to allow you to face and work on your problems rather than avoid or run from them.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy:
Typically, therapy begins with a session once every week to two weeks. When you start counseling you are going to want to get comfortable as we dive in to the main reason(s) you are in therapy. As you make progress and make connections we review your goals so that you may either drop goals that you have met or add new goals that you would like to tackle. The last phase of therapy is when you are at a place to begin tapering off so that eventually you do not need to come anymore. I am not in the business of keeping people feeling like they cannot live their lives without therapy. It’s actually the opposite! I want you to have the necessary tools to take with you so that you don’t need therapy anymore. Having said that, people come to counseling for various reasons. Some things are resolved in the first session or two. Others may take weeks and months. Still, other people may be in therapy for years. None of these options is abnormal and therapy is always a choice.
I am Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia as well as a National Board Certified Counselor. With over a decade of experience, I primarily work with men, teens, and couples. I also provide individual therapy for a variety of issues.