Story restoration is the way I do counseling

I seek to engage each of my clients much more deeply with their own stories. These are the things that make each of us unique, special, and an essential part of the world around us. They are why some relationships work, and others don’t; the reason we can share experiences but have totally different perspectives; the way we create meaning in our lives and in the lives of those around us.

My practice is focused on helping people navigate two of the elements that all life stories have in common: change and coping with pain. There are as many different ways of dealing with them as there are people in the world, which is why I believe there is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” model for therapy (or therapists)…but I also know that everyone needs to be seen, heard, and accepted for who they are. That’s one of the commitments that I make to every client.

Change: As you prepare to move into to new chapters in your story – like marriage, parenting, “empty nesting”, or other significant life changes – there is often uncertainty about how these changes will affect your life. As those stories develop and change, we can explore what tools you already have – and what new ones you may need to develop – to successfully navigate them.

Coping with Pain: As we explore your story, we will find some of those areas where you have been wounded by life – places which often need to be revisited over time, as we grow and mature and change – and we will explore new ways of healing and rebuilding.

If you want, we can also engage with the formative traumas that you may be trying to medicate away with various forms of addiction, whether through substance (chemicals like alcohol or drugs) or non-substance (like gambling, work, internet, or relationship) “medications.”