Creating a Connection
The importance of the therapeutic relationship
I believe that the relationship is the most important part of therapy. It is about genuinely connecting with the other person in order to help facilitate change. Research supports this focus on the relationship; it has been shown that the most important agent of therapeutic change is the therapeutic relationship. I concentrate on being warm, understanding, non-judgemental, and genuine.
I focus on creating a safe space where people can look inside themselves and make the changes that they need in their lives. It is important for my clients to feel a connection and to feel supported. Therapy isn’t always comfortable, it can be hard work, but I have seen people grow in amazing ways when they take the time to focus on themselves.
A Person-Centered Orientation
A Person-Centered approach looks at each person as an individual and is within the humanistic branch of psychology. It is a strengths based orientation that believes that people have the innate capacity for growth but that sometimes life circumstances get in the way to prevent that natural growth. My job as a therapist is to help you unblock those things that are preventing you from achieving your potential.
No one is the expert on your life except you, I am here to help guide and journey alongside you. It is a journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and self-compassion. It is a time set aside to focus on you and how we can work together to make the changes you want to see.
Flexible and Collaborative
“The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for the living that suits all cases.” –Carl Rogers
While I work within a Person-Centered orientation, I bring in a number of different approaches and techniques into therapy; such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, Acceptance Based, and Solution Focused. I want to find out what approaches and techniques work best for you, one size does not fit all.
Part of my approach is to be very flexible, I engage with clients in a collaborative way. It is important to me to check in to assess if things are working and to change the approach if needed. I am constantly trying to create a therapy that is most beneficial to you.