Everything we discuss is confidential under the American Counseling Association’s professional code of ethics and Washington State law. Only two circumstances can allow me to break confidentiality: 1) if you sign a consent form allowing me to discuss your case, or 2) if you confide in me that you are about to harm yourself or another person. Please also review the notice of privacy practices on the disclosure statement.
The fit between a client and therapist is one of the most critical elements to ensuring a successful therapeutic outcome. I work from a genuine, nonjudgmental, respectful, collaborative and curious point of view. My role is not to judge you, shape your morals, assign guilt or tell you what you should or should not be doing. My objective is to help you discover the blockages in your life and to help you incorporate strategies for living the life you wish to enjoy. I can help facilitate change through exploring the ways in which you think, behave and feel, but I do not have all the answers for you.
Your role is to find those answers by engaging in the therapeutic process by committing yourself and your time to focusing on you. Creating this type of personal space and structure for yourself can help you become more self-aware, accepting, honest, self-reliant and peaceful. This type of personal dedication can help you reclaim yourself, move past the areas in your life that are creating stagnation and help you to thrive again in the environments most important to you. In this sense, your involvement and personal commitment directs the outcome of your therapy. Change does not come easily, but it does come and you are worth the effort.
Lastly, because many of us change through our encounters with people and the world around us, I take a relational approach when working with clients. I believe our relationship holds great value. It can help us to gain insight into how you relate to others and how others relate to you; it can help us to explore your boundaries; and, it can serve as a vehicle for you to develop the types of constructive relationships that you are looking to have with those in your personal and professional life.