You know, I’m accustomed to talking about YOU, not myself, so this feels a bit strange. So I’m going to try to do both: talk about myself as I think it matters to you.
First of all, I’m double a board-certified therapist. In addition to being a board-certified therapist, my second board certification is in telemental health (video counseling). I’m also certified in grief counseling and I’m a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. My particular specialties are helping people with insomnia, chronic pain, and dissociative disorders.
You may have seen me say this elsewhere, but it’s so important it’s worth repeating myself: the single biggest factor in the results you get from therapy is the relationship you have with your therapist. That’s important! And it also means that it’s more important that you feel comfortable and respected by your therapist than it is that your therapist have a particular type of therapy or approach. I offer a free 30-minute consultation so people can get an idea of whether or not I’m a good fit for them. No therapist is a perfect fit for every client, so it’s worth taking the effort to find a therapist that is a good fit for you.
My approach to therapeutic work is a collaborative one. Some therapists are fairly directive, such as “this is what I think the problem is and this is what we’re going to do.” I look at our work as a partnership, You are the expert in you. I’m the trail guide who can tell you the various ways we might approach your desired destination. And sometimes you just know you want to head “west” but not exactly where that is, and we can do that, too, knowing that you will develop a more specific idea as you move forward. In terms of what types of therapies I utilize, my preferred approaches are client-centered, compassion-focused, and CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy). I pick what I’m using based on what I believe it the best match for you and your needs and goals.
I’m licensed in both Kansas and Missouri. My main office is in Belton, Missouri and I also have an office in Overland Park, Kansas. Because I’m licensed in both states, I can work with people who live anywhere in either Kansas or Missouri using video counseling. Video counseling has been shown to be as effective as in-person counseling, something that might be surprising to many people.