“Twenty years of watching clients let go of their limits have led me to focus more on peak performance and improving decision making.”
What was your path to becoming a coach? What inspired you to choose this profession?
When I was small I wanted to be an archeologist. I loved the idea of finding things and learning about their lives.
Being a therapist is much like this but more. I get to explore stories of challenge and the overcoming of human struggle. My career has allowed me to expand my own definition of beauty as well as a sense of adventure. It has been an exploration into the internal worlds of everyone I meet.
I love my work and am encouraged daily to love more deeply and be a better person.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
Therapy works best when you commit to it. I generally recommend 6 - 9 months for lasting change when it comes to anxiety, depression or relationship changes. If you are coming for hypnotherapy this timeline can be shorter. Some people only want 6-8 sessions of hypnosis and find this valuable.
The first session will begin with a series of questions about you that can last about 40 minutes. The last 20-30 minutes will be a chance for us to try out some therapeutic styles and see how best we might work together. You might even leave with homework.
Bringing a journal is helpful and many of my clients use one during the session and as a way to keep track of progress. If you have any medical documents you’d like me to see, please bring those.
How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
I rely heavily on collaboration with other service providers. Our bodies are a single intelligent unit which we use to experience the world. I try my best to always take this into account.
Clients fall into one of two categories; those wanting to optimize their health or those wanting to regain it. In both scenarios, other healthcare providers are going to be necessary to achieve that. I work closely with nutritionists, osteopaths and allopathic physicians. I particularly love collaborating with functional medicine doctors who tend to do enhanced testing and try to look at individuals holistically.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
The biggest barrier I hear to entering treatment is past negative experiences in the medical system. Many people have been to multiple providers, have been forced medications that were harmful or have experienced some other degree of medical trauma. I would want potential new clients to know that I understand and strive to provide a different experience. There are so many good clinicians out there and I believe advances in technology are making it easier for us to access good care.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
It never hurts to get another person’s perspective. You also always have a choice who you speak with. You have the freedom to agree or disagree.
I believe there are times when therapy is extremely valuable. I have been in and out of therapy since college. There are so many different ways to navigate our problems and I am sure there is someone out there who can support you in the way you need.
If you could pick one or two books that influenced your approach to therapy what would they be and why?
The Bible- As a life-long yoga practitioner, having had a Kundalini Awakening as well as someone who once ascribed to the New Age, I am now most influenced by the Inspired Word of God who revealed His truth to me. My work is currently guided by a Biblical perspective.
“How you do one thing is how you do everything.”
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