“As long as you keep secrets and suppress information, you are fundamentally at war with yourself…The critical issue is allowing yourself to know what you know. That takes an enormous amount of courage.” - Bessel A. Van Der Kolk
A Life Worth Living
If you have made it here, you have already demonstrated strength. Maybe the weight of your past has followed you into your present, and you find it challenging to imagine yourself shedding this weight to walk lightly into your future. Maybe you’re trying to reconcile who you are with who you once were, or maybe, you are simply looking for someone to talk to. Regardless of your purpose for seeking help, you should be proud that you have made it to this point. We have one life to live, and it is our responsibility to figure out ways to make it a life worth living through making tangible changes, mindset shifts, or confronting or leaving a system that is unsupportive of your values or your being.
I have dedicated my career to providing a space in which it is safe to explore complex human experiences such as sexuality, discrimination, perceptions of reality, emotional states, trauma, life transitions, and relationships. I believe that each person’s experiences are unique, and that before healing is done and work can be put in to allow yourself to accept and make changes, you must first find your voice to share what you have kept hidden from the world. My role in being a therapist is primarily as a listener; to encourage you to share the experiences and thoughts you need or crave to say aloud, to reflect the meanings behind the stories you choose to bring to our sessions, and to adapt to accommodate your desire to share or learn during sessions.