Hello, I'm M.L. I believe as humans we all want something similar, to feel normal. We want, desire, and try our best to feel like everyone else. Yet, simultaneously we desire to be unique, special, and individualistic. I believe it is necessary to think of humans as puzzle pieces in order to fulfill both. While the pieces share the same geographical space as well as have the same manufacturer, they are unique and serve varying purposes. Do you belong at the top but are content being a side piece? Are you on the bottom when you were meant to be at the center of it all? Let's collaborate and find out where you belong. You may discover the only thing wrong was where you (as a puzzle piece) tried to fit in. In therapy, I collaborate with the expert on the client (you), identify obstacles, and come up with strategies for working toward your goals. I do this by first remaining curious about you as a client as well as your perspective of the issue. I serve to remind clients that everything in life does not have to feel good in order to end with good results. You can't fix something that you don’t see. In a world of selfies no one is willing to look at any angle that doesn’t compliment their cuteness. What if you could see your truest self? The natural, emotional, relational, and spiritual you through a 3-way full body mirror. Imagine what would be possible. Good therapy, is a mirror into your soul.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
I have been cutting hair for 35 years of my life. In the last 10 I have been a therapist as well. I like to tell people that for over 35 years of my life I have been helping people "Get Their Head Right'. This euphemism speaks to this idea. Rather externally or internally, we want our heads right. I like to assist people in liking the person that they see when they look in the mirror.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
I could say I am an Adlerian Therapist that uses a caring person centered approach Where you are the expert on yourself and the issues that you are experiencing. I could tell you that I want to make sure my clients are encouraged by the Brief Solution Focused Therapeutic approach that I take to make sure they identify the best possible answer in the shortest amount of time. Instead of this i will tell you that I am sincerely curious. I come to the table with curiosity about the wonderful creation that is across from me. That;'s it....That's my super power.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
I have spent the abundance of my career as a therapist working in crisis services. This means when my clients life is unraveling I have been there to try and assist them and picking up the pieces. In a world where everything feels chaotic & crazy it's nice to be reminded that, "Yes, this world is bonkers and No, it's not just you".