I am a licensed marriage and family therapist who focuses on issues regarding anxiety.
Many people have asked me over the years why I chose psychotherapy as a profession and anxiety management as my specialty. Sometimes they want to know what makes me effective. These are serious questions that deserve thoughtful answers.
First of all, I became a therapist and chose to concentrate on anxiety management because I have the ability to help people avoid the severe damage that uncontrolled anxiety can do to a life. I believe strongly that therapy is about possessing, not just the knowledge and professional training, but the empathy and understanding required to resolve issues and allow needed healing to begin.
When you come to me because your anxiety has become detrimental to your life, you need to know that I seek to understand you, and to walk in your shoes. After all, if I don't have an intuitive sense of the person you are, where you're coming from and where you hope to go, how can you trust me to take you there? Your goals are my goals and we'll work together to achieve them.
You might be surprised to learn that my first degree was not is psychology, but religion, and that I've spent time as both a social worker and counselor for foster children and inpatient adults. What do these fields have to do with my effectiveness as an anxiety management therapist? I think it all comes back to the empathy and understanding, both of which have deepened over my years of dealing with diverse individuals and philosophies. Those are the qualities that help make me an effective therapist and they are the qualities I'll bring to my work with you.
I specialize in anxiety management but you might need to resolve other issues that negatively affect your life--substance abuse, or a personality disorder among them, I'll tell you right away that I am most likely not the therapist you need and I'll suggest that you contact other specialists for the specific help you need.
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