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Compassionate care is one of the hallmarks of good therapy, and gives the patient an opportunity to find hope. Good therapists know when to get out of the way and facilitate safety through silence. Safety is the most important ingredient in the therapeutic alliance. Safety over time sews the seeds of trust. This is my most basic goal.
Patients have to be in the safe environment for a time (a kind of incubation period). Seeds of trust then can begin to grow. During this time we will gather stories together, get to know the scope of the problem(s) and their influence, develop our team, and decide together the initial focus of our plan.
We first look at our problems as shadows. We say we see it and therefore know what it is. However, we see the shadow and not the object casting it. When therapy is in the beginning phase it is easy to see a shadow figure. Wisdom tell us to be patient. We know, even intuitively, through a change of perspective or position we may see the real thing, and so we hope. Sometimes patients work very hard, get tired and want to stop. I encourage you to let your therapy journey include seeking both light and shadows. When things are too heavy, change position.
My Experience and Influences:
My resume encompasses the following types of care: community based care, non-profit counseling centers, private practice, indigent care practice, psychiatric hospitals, incarceration settings for youth and adults, as well as working in the health insurance managed care space. This starting point in 2011 while working with Tricare beneficiaries with Health Net Federal Services is my bridge of training to telehealth counseling.
All of my experience has been in either the San Francisco Bay Area or the Sacramento Metro. Area. My interest in helping others came as a sort of mandate from my family blueprint. Both parents were helpers in the community. I was exposed to mental suffering by visiting state operated mental hospitals: Agnewsand Napa.
I was also exposed to a large scale indigent care populations: Laguna Hondain San Francisco, where I would eventually volunteer while in school. The incredible scale and palpable unrest inside those places was intriguing and saddening. This career has been very rewarding. Every person I have come in contact with has given me something special. These early experiences helped develop an attitude of compassionate care.
I am a bit of a thinker and feeler, and this influences the lenses through which I see problems and solutions. To change in therapy, patients also have to develop being doers as well. Change requires not only thinking anew but having that influence our behaviors. The inertia of the way things have been has to be overcome to get you moving in a different direction. We all have heard Newton’s Law of motion at some time or another talking about “bodies at rest tending to remain at rest, and bodies in motion tending to remain in motion.” Changing from point A to point B will not happen on its own. It requires force. This is force of will. I look forward to helping you find ways to get your life heading in the right direction.