The Road Less Traveled Counseling Center
I'm an attachment & trauma trained therapist that utilizes Emotionally Focused Therapy and EMDR to support my clients in healing and living their best lives.
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By training I am licensed clinical social worker with a strong background in attachment science and how it relates to neuroscience/mental health. I take a client centered, collaborative approach in my work. I truly believe that emotional healing happens in the context of a trusting, safe relationship. Regardless of age or what brings you into therapy, if there is no space or comfort to go to these vulnerable places, there is no way to fully heal. I have the training and knowledge from various therapeutic approaches and you are the expert on you and your life experiences. As a team, we work together to understand the message your emotions are trying to tell you and explore what to do with that information. The ultimate goal is to help you feel comfortable inside and outside of your shell, so you can love and trust yourself to live a full life. I work with all ages and provide individual, family, and couples therapy.
Growing up I was always drawn to the idea of making the world a better place and helping people. I've always lived with anxiety and had a fascination for the mind. I wanted to understand how it worked and why, so when I realized I could integrate my desire to help people and the world with my interest in the human mind- it was obvious I needed to get involved in the mental health profession. I started as a social worker and have worked in various roles and systems that have given me many valuable experiences and perspectives on people and the world. I've seen and practiced what can create a healthy mind and I want to share that knowledge with others.
From what I've heard from most of my clients, the first visit is usually described as comfortable and welcoming. The first visit is where we get a feel for if my approach feels like a good fit for your needs and if I am someone you feel safe with. This is also a time for you to share with me what is bringing you into therapy and I provide an overview of how I work and I how I may help you with your presenting concerns.
It's scary to think of being open and vulnerable to a stranger. Keep in mind, most therapies are meant to be paced out and collaborative. You can be as open and vulnerable as fast or slow as you feel comfortable. Once the trust is established, the vulnerability actually starts to feel less scary and more healing.