What is Therapy for?


In our daily lives, we encounter numerous moments of discomfort, pain, and unease. While we may find ways to cope with these struggles, there are times when people, events, or things impact us deeply and hinder us from living the life we want. Professional therapy provides an opportunity to enhance our resilience. By seeking counseling, you can uncover the inner strengths to confront challenges, cope with them more effectively, and address past experiences that may be impeding your progress towards a fulfilling life. My role as a therapist is to help you recognize and integrate the strengths you already possess into your daily routine.


Therapy creates a safe and supportive environment where you can feel validated and heard, and where creative expression is encouraged. The therapeutic relationship is different from other relationships as it is founded on vulnerability, openness, and unconditional positive regard. Through therapy, you may gain new insights into your family, experiences, and personal growth. I believe everyone has inherent value and is not broken. It is my privilege to accompany you on your journey of self-exploration, and my primary goal is to ensure you feel seen, heard, and supported throughout this process.


Therapy is not a quick fix or an easy solution. Being human can be difficult and painful, but we do not have to suffer alone. Therapy requires a gradual and consistent approach to achieve the desired results. It may be daunting to be vulnerable with others, but I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental space where you can explore your emotions at your own pace. Therapy can be a life-changing experience, particularly when approached with consistency and self-compassion.

“Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.”

Shannon L. Alder