Perhaps the biggest tragedy of our lives is that freedom is possible, yet we can pass our years trapped in the same old patterns...
We may want to love other people without holding back, to feel authentic, to breathe in the beauty around us, to dance and sing. Yet each day we listen to inner voices that keep our life small.
- Tara Brach
Repairing, Restoring, Reclaiming, Rejoicing… You are Worth It.
Jamie K. Beck is a compassionate and experienced psychotherapist with the training, commitment and desire to help individuals remove the obstacles that block the path to health and well-being.
With clinical approaches specific to each person and group, and in a warm, creative environment conducive to growth, she teaches people skills to:
Address difficulties in the present.
Gain a deeper, healthier perspective about the past.
Let go of a fear of the future.
Embrace and find pleasure in the life that is here.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Therapy is hard work. It requires a great deal of patience and the willingness to feel pretty uncomfortable at times. It is rare for us to spend a chunk of time focused on ourselves and not the needs of the other person. Therapy can only be successful if the therapeutic alliance is strong. I encourage everyone I know (future clients, friends, and family) to take the time to seek out the best therapist for what is happening at that time since this may be one of the most beneficial relationships you will have in your lifetime.
Your therapist is your guide towards a healthier and more fulfilling life. He or she will need to be validating, non-judgmental, encouraging, hopeful, experienced, and skillful. You will need to feel a sense of safety, respect, and reassurance when you are with this therapist or therapy will do little to help you change your situation.
When looking for a therapist, ask yourself questions such as:
Do I feel comfortable in this office, in this environment? Does this person come across as warm, patient and empathetic? Does this person make eye contact and ask me questions that are relevant to why I am here? Does this person have experience with my particular challenges? Does this person show a genuine interest in me and my potential? Do I feel hopeful after our first meeting?