It’s always a little awkward when you walk into a counselor’s office.
You arrive with your life carried in your arms, ready to engage in a one-way relationship with a relative stranger who calls themselves a “helping professional.”
This is normal. I’ve been through it, just like everyone else who’s ever been through counseling. And to be honest, it’s always there, even if this is your second or third time around the block with counseling.
It’s okay. I’ll meet you in my waiting room and greet you with a smile, because you’re the bravest person in the world to me. You’re strong, too, although you might not realize it in that moment. We’ll shake hands, make the eye contact that most Americans do when they first meet someone new, and head into my office so we can really begin.
Let me reiterate; you are incredibly brave.
You’re about to unpack your life and that is no small feat for anyone. To be an authentic human who is open-minded, and to experience all the good things in life, means that we’re going to get bumps and bruises along the way. Sometimes both figuratively and literally, sad to say.
So, what next?
You’ve followed your beautiful, internal wisdom to my doorstep. My small, but comfortable little office is decorated with cool colors and squishy soft couches, and there’s a window bringing in that natural light.
Yes, you may move my pillows around, sit with your legs crossed, and even hug one of these squishable devices if you so choose. Whatever will help you feel most comfortable, because I understand how awkward this is, having been there myself many times.
You might find that you want to cry, because it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by the prospect of opening up your life to someone you don’t know that well yet. Maybe it’s just how long you’ve been carrying everything; or, the prospect of self-examination.
Start wherever you feel most comfortable.
We don’t have to talk about everything in session one! We have all the time in the world.
You’re a survivor! Rome wasn’t built in a day. Good, lasting change doesn’t happen in a single counseling session. But, I guarantee that you’ll feel better simply by sharing whatever you feel most comfortable with today.
We’ll take a deep breath together, do the initial paperwork, and I’ll ask you where you’d like to start, in however much detail you like. No ulterior motive, no standards, no judgment.
This is about you.
All counselors need to know what counseling is like.
Even though we aren’t quite well-acquainted yet, I’m not going to ask you to do anything that I haven’t been through myself. I know that this is scary stuff.
We can go at whatever pace you’d like – fast with lots of rapids, or more relaxed with plenty of emotional breaks. We’ll figure that out and hit our stride together only about 3 sessions in.
I’ve been there.
It’s my own experiences of feeling paradoxical, or like some kind of enigma, that led me to my path as a counselor and subsequent counselee.
I’ve struggled with trauma, grief, spiritual abuse, body image issues, contemplating harming myself, not feeling feminine, and wondering what femininity and gender roles even mean.
I’ve wrestled with my purpose in life which always seems to be evolving, break-ups, horrible employment, family feuds, moving back into my parents’ house, and moving back out again.
All of these things, no matter how big or how small, were always okay to discuss with my counselors. While standing on the shoulders of giants, it is my hope to impart the gifts that they’ve given to me, to you.
Hi, I’m Tasha.
When I’m not working, you can probably find me dancing Lindy Hop Swing! But if I’m not dancing, I’m doing something crafty or playing music. You might also find my nose caught between the pages of good book. I also escape to the mountains every chance I get to either take my pup for a hike, hit the road on my bike, or send it off a snowy cornice on skis. In my opinion, the value of nature cannot be overstated. My friends describe me as passionate, strong, and yet emotionally sensitive and able to cut through the BS of life. I also am a self-described feminist as I believe all peoples are entitled to be valued equally regardless of gender or race.
I value self-discovery as I believe we can only begin to heal when we have achieved understanding about why we are the way we are and how we became that way.
Having graduated from Denver Seminary with my CACREP accredited Master of the Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, I utilize a blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Existential Therapy with influences from Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Gestalt concepts.
Overall, I’ve been studying psychology and counseling for over a decade now!
By using my knowledge and experience, I help my clients achieve maximal self-awareness, so that they may problem solve and experience healthy emotion expression on their own upon completion of treatment.
It’s always my goal to work myself out of a job and make sure that, while I already know I will love and cherish our time together, that you will not need me someday.
If you’re confused what all this credential nonsense means, you can think of me like the mental health equivalent of a nurse practitioner. Because that’s exactly what a master’s degree holder in mental health essentially is. I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) which means that I am within the first 2 years or 2000 hours of practice at this time. I have over 2000 hours of practice at this current time and will be fully licensed in March of 2019.
Remember, the pain you currently feel is just a moment in time. Give this moment its due. It will pass, and someday, it will only be a memory.
Please give me a call and let’s talk about how I can better walk with you through this part of your story.