Therapy, counseling, coaching? Regardless of what you call it, counselors and therapists are in the business of helping people improve their lives. That’s our purpose and mission. However, every practitioner is different, so here is a little bit about me and how I work.
Firstly, my approach has been shaped by my educational and professional experience. I received my B.A. in Psychology in 2010 and my M.A. in Counseling and Guidance (with an emphasis in couples and family therapy) in 2014— both from UMKC. I have experience working with children, adults, couples, and families in various settings, such as the public school system, state social services (KS and MO), higher education, college athletics, and private practice.
Secondly, if you decide to work with me, I want you to know I am listening with an open mind, and I am thinking diligently about helping you find solutions to your problems. It is also worth noting that I use an integrative theoretical framework, which includes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, and Family Systems Theory.
Lastly, I can help you explore difficult truths by being direct and honest, but at the same time, we should identify your strengths too and, more importantly, put them to good use. The goal is always balance, embrace the positive while addressing the negative. This appears to be the healthy way.
General Concerns and Counseling Strategies
If you have made it this far, thanks for taking a thorough look at my counseling approach. I want to make one last point, though. If you choose me as your counselor, come prepared for a journey. Of course, working on your life is serious business, but it is also deeply interesting and rewarding. It’d be an honor to be a part of the process.