Why "Introspections", you might ask? My idea for the name of my therapy came from the belief that there can be no real growth without looking inward. Socrates said it best, I think, when he said," The unexamined life is not worth living." It is my hope that you're here because you want your life to be different in some way...because what worked for you in the past isn't working now.
One of the great things about therapy is that you get to talk to this person who isn't going to judge you, and isn't affected by what you do or don't do. And I can be much more objective since I'm not involved. I also bring a lot of experience and education to the table, which gives me a broader perspective. I think YOU have many of your answers within you...you just need a little help finding them. That's where I come in.
My focus (and my passion) is with the LGBT community, though I certainly don't limit my work to 'family'! Rest assured, though, that I am gay/trans/poly/kink/queer/bi (the list goes on!) friendly. Though I often work with transgender and gender variant clients, I like to work with all kinds of people from all walks of life and with all kinds of life challenges. Whether you're interested in individual or couples therapy, I'd consider it an honor to work with you. My mission is to provide quality therapy at an affordable fee.
(By the way...if you're wondering why my website URL is 'MyTherapistSaid', it's a tongue-in-cheek reference to the way people in therapy sometimes tell their friends, 'well, my therapist said...!
Ages I work with
I work with adults only…not because I don't like kids, but because I don't have experience working with them. Stay tuned (or contact me for more info)-I am working on finding resources to refer people to if they are under 18.
What's therapy like?
So what's it like to be in therapy with me? If you talked with clients I've seen in the past, they'd be likely to tell you I'm a "real person" -- not a stuffy professional. I don't have a couch that people lie on and talk about their childhood wounds, and I don't tell people they hate their mother! And a lot of times, it's a lot like sitting and chatting with a good friend. The difference is that I'm not involved in your life...so I can be objective. I also have a lot of education and experience to help you see things more clearly. You won't typically find me telling you what to do and how to do it, because I don't think that works for most people. My role is supportive--you decide to change and you determine the direction. I guide and support you in making the changes that work best for you. And sometimes I can be like a mirror, reflecting you back to yourself so that you can see yourself more clearly, or, at times, in a new light. I feel strongly that you are the only expert on you. I believe we have the answers within us--we just need some help finding them.
Practically, the sessions are 50 minutes long, and most people come once a week. Some may come more or less often, depending on what they need and can afford. I offer appointment times during the day and also evenings. Let me know what your needs are, and I'll do my best to make it happen. I can be pretty flexible about most things...the most important thing is that you get the help you need.