I think my greatest attribute as a therapist is authenticity. I cultivate authenticity through the practice of mindfulness - being rooted in the present moment non-judgmentally. Because I am focused on the present moment, I spent less time disconnecting with stressful, internal stories about the future, nor do I tell myself so many internal horror stories about the past.
I believe that psychotherapy is a sacred activity. It is forged in trust, compassion, kindness, and rapport. Typically a client comes to therapy feeling vulnerable; unsure of the clinical environment and unsure of me. It is my job to create a safe, authentic, and confidential space for the client. I allow the client to unfold on their terms, and at their pace. While I do ask a client for permission to “coach" or "push” when I feel it is necessary, the client can always expect safety, respect, confidentiality, and positive regard.