As a therapist, I am in your life for a relatively small amount of time. I don't know you the way many others you choose to have in your life do. I don't presume to know what is best for you - it's tough enough knowing that for myself - and I certainly am not going to tell you what to do. I believe my role is to guide you through the fog that currently hinders your progress. I believe you know what is best for you, but that right now that knowledge isn't quite as easy to access as it has been before. I am here as your mirror to reflect what you are now, what you may have been, and what you have the potential to be.
The most frequent question I'm asked about being a therapist is how I can listen to people's problems all day; how does it not wear me down? People say this to me all the time, especially those who need to express their profound sadness or disappointment or apathy, yet feel they are burdensome. They say. "You must be sick listening to me", and I say, "No", and I mean it. You are sharing with me intimate parts of you that perhaps you have never even voiced to yourself. Every one of you is opening up a new world to me, inviting me in and trusting me with your most treasured possessions. You show me life in all its colors, good and bad, beautiful and damned. That is why I love being a psychotherapist. Truly, the whole of human life is here.