Counselor, MA, LPCA Counselor, MA, LPCA

My Approach

My ApproachHey! What’s up? If you’re looking at my website at this moment, I am assuming you’d like some more information about who I am, what I do, and what is a Comfortable Counselor.  
For starters, I call myself the Comfortable Counselor because I literally wear T-shirts and jeans to the office every day, and my top priority is to make sure that every client I work with feels, well… comfortable. Do you have some challenges that you need help with? Well, sure you do; that’s why you’re here.

I happen to be a clinician who feels that being clinical with my clients only puts a wall up between you and me. But do I still use some techniques and approaches that I’ve been taught in school Absolutely! I’ve even listed some of the tools I use so you can educate yourself about the subject, if you’re so inclined.

I use therapeutic approaches such as:

  • Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Therapies
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Humanistic Therapy
  • Integrative or Holistic Therapy 

And I implement interventions such as:

  • The Miracle Question
  • The Empty Chair
  • Paradoxical Interventions
  • Voice Dialogue
  • The Hunger Illusion
  • Head-On Collision
  • Primal Therapy
  • Virtual Reality
  • Transference Interpretation

But really, who cares? The thing is, all those technical and clinical terms might as well be a foreign language or even psychobabble, if ultimately you don’t feel comfortable. If the terminology gives you more anxiety, and the thought of going to see a counselor creates an ache in the pit of your stomach, I get it. I get it so much because I’ve been there, and I know I didn’t like it, so I’m sure you won’t either. 

In fact, I think that transparency is key in a client/counselor relationship, so I’ll start first, right here, right now, right on the homepage of my website: Guess what? I see a counselor myself. Really? Why? Well, one reason why is because our mental health industry strongly recommends that we each have our own counselor, much like it is recommended that people get annual checkups at their family doctor, and have their teeth cleaned twice a year at the dentist. Another reason why I see my own counselor is probably one of the same reasons you’re on my website now, looking for a counselor for yourself, because chances are, I probably have experienced many of the same things that you’re going through right now: Depression. Anxiety. Divorce. Addiction. Grief. Job loss. Parenting. Name your poison.

Also, guess what else? Like you, I went to the web and scrolled through dozens and dozens of counselors, but I didn’t know who to choose. All I had to go by was a profile picture and a pile of fancy clinical terms to try and make a decision about who I might be comfortable talking to about my problems. It was a frustrating process, to say the least. 

After a while, you probably notice that all of the counselors begin to look the same on the internet, myself included. That’s why I’m offering you a free first appointment. Some people call it a consultation. I call it a let’s-see-if-we-mesh-first kind of thing. So before we start investing time and money into our new therapeutic relationship, this is what I am willing to do to make sure you are as comfortable as possible with the process of finding someone. Someone who will listen unconditionally to you, someone who will validate you, and someone who can help you to help yourself get to where you want to be. This is your therapy, your life, your path, your challenges, and your solutions, as well. I am really nothing more than a teacher who has a passion to help you to get to a place in your life where you feel happiest with yourself. And that’s a pretty comfortable place to be.

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