My approach to therapy is dependent upon each individual I see, so it’s difficult to describe my approach or philosophy in simple terms. While my training and background is broadly psychodynamic and psychoanalytic in nature, I am quite interactive with my clients. I am supportive when necessary, often direct in talking about issues and problems, and yet maintain a good sense of humor. I don’t think it’s It is not hard to know who I am when you meet with me the first time.
I do believe that each individual is the “expert” in their own life. Granted, this may not be how they feel when they first contact me or even in the first few sessions. That being said, the process of therapy should help people find strength in themselves to make courageous choices and to take risks in their lives, to be “expert” enough to know how to stand for themselves. While being cared for by others is fundamental to many of our relationships in life, it’s also necessary to take care of yourself, even to put your own needs first at times. Being an “expert” also means knowing when to do so.
My role is to help a person gain insight into themselves, to understand themselves more deeply, exploring their lives in a way that can only happen in the safety of therapy. People often ask me for advice, and I’m content to encourage people to not make choices that are harmful to them, or to confront the inner images people have of themselves that make them feel helpless or powerless. In my experience, when people ask me what they should do in a dilemma, they already know the answer, they simply need help in following their own advice.
Ross Counseling, PLLC
7502 Lakewood Dr. W
Lakewood, WA 98499
Phone: (253) 625-0662
Fax: (253) 276-0110