What is Therapy for?


We all manage many moments of pain, discomfort and unease every day. Throughout our lives we find meaningful ways to ease these human difficulties. However, sometimes things, people and events impact us deeply, and may begin to take away from the type of life we would like to live. Professional Therapy can help. Through counseling, you may discover the strengths you already have inside of yourself to face your challenges, learn to cope more effectively, and process historical events that may be holding you back from your "life worth living" Therapy makes us more resilient. My job as the therapist is simply to assist you in identifying the strengths you already have, and speak them into your every day life.


Therapy is an intentional way for you to be seen, heard and cared for in a supportive space and can include many forms of creativity. Every counselor is different, and I believe in finding the right one for you. I see therapy as an art form with science at it's base. The therapeutic relationship is unique from other relationships in a person's life as it is vulnerable, open, and carried within a container of unconditional regard. People often find that they are able to discover new insights about their families, experiences and themselves during the process. I do not view anyone as broken, and I am honored to walk your path along side you as you begin to explore your inner workings. My goal is to make sure you feel seen, heard, and not alone on your journey.


Therapy is not easy, and sometimes not even simple. It cannot be regarded as a "quick fix" or "light switch" solution. Being human is so often hard, complex, and full of suffering- But that doesn't mean we have to do it all on our own. Therapy does require you to be open and vulnerable progressively over time as our therapeutic relationship develops. This can be frightening and scary for some, as humans we often aren't openly vulnerable with those around us, but my aim is to hold your vulnerability gently with no judgement. Many find therapy to be a crucial form of healing. Therapy, when approached with consistency and self-compassion, can be a transformative experience.

“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