Approach

MY APPROACH

The foundation of all my client relationships is trust. Rarely do people see the world or experience situations and events the same way. I provide a comfortable, safe space for clients to tell their story as they experience it without judgment.

Life can be tough and when faced with challenges we often struggle to see clearly. I assist my clients in identifying their strengths and provide guidance in unclear and often scary times. Together, we will identify coping skills and resources to build a positive foundation to help overcome challenges.

In reaching out for a free consultation, you are beginning your journey to building resilience.

 

WHAT IS RESILIENCE?

Resilience is the ability to adapt to life’s circumstances, stress and adversities in a healthy, appropriate way. Resiliency is a learned response to life, rather than a personality trait. There exists a great deal of literature and training on the topic of resiliency but little on the clinical application of resiliency methods. As clinicians, we are trained to work with people who struggle with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, suicide ideation and often in crisis. Using a resiliency approach to working with clients goes beyond symptom management to building on strengths. Creating and living with resilience helps us grow, recover and thrive.

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO THRIVE?

To thrive is to create a strong foundation of connectedness and increasing one’s ability to manage life. The following THRIVE acronym outlines the six core competencies to thriving and building resiliency.

Trust the Process of Self-Discovery: Identifying and making choices based on values encourages self-exploration and increased self-esteem.
Healthy Communication: Knowing how to advocate effectively and appropriately to get needs met in a way that is accepted and respected.
Ready to Make Mistakes: Learning from perceived failures and loss fosters growth and reflection for self improvement.
Introduce Coping Skills: Managing stress and regulating emotions in a healthy way.
Volunteer for Service and Mentorship: By giving back to others in a service or mentorship role we strengthen our own resilience while helping others build theirs.
Encourage Socialization: Having quality peer relationships and supportive caring role models provides a foundation for connectedness in times of high and low resilience.

 

WHAT ARE BEHAVIORS OF RESILIENCE?

Behaviors of Low Resiliency

Low motivation
Inability to manage anxiety and stress
Negative self-worth
Substance use/abuse
Thoughts of suicide
Self-injury
Difficulty with socialization
Focus and concentration
Poor boundaries
Restlessness and/or irritability

 

Behaviors of Higher Resiliency

Accountability
Increased motivation
Ability to regulate emotions
Ability to handle disappointment
Maintaining healthy boundaries
Awareness of self and others
Using healthy coping skills
Good communication skills