Wendy Hawkins, LCSW

Empower! Educate! Evolve!

My Approach

Many clients I meet with have said to me, “I don’t know what’s wrong with me” and my response is, “there’s absolutely nothing wrong with you and you’re perfect just as you as”. Many people have a perspective that they’re broken or need to be fixed and I say, we’re humans not furniture. No one needs to be fixed but perhaps there is need for some support and guidance to figure out what’s working and what’s not working within one’s life.

I primarily utilize a person-centered approach with most individual clients because I believe the client should be in control and feel emotionally safe during their mental health journey. Part of the process is supporting a client so they can discover areas that need development and then support the progression of the client developing realistic and practical solutions that fit their mindset and lifestyle. I offer positive and unconditional regard meaning I accept and support you for who you are right at this moment. There are no expectations or judgments and I won’t tell you how to live your life. I accept, affirm and validate all walks of life.

One of the tools I use most is Strength-based Therapy which helps to explore what you do right and what you’re strengths are rather than focusing on shortcomings or your perception of what you’ve done wrong or past failures. My goal is to support you while you explore, self-reflect and develop new mindsets that allow for evolution of personal love, growth and acceptance. I also encourage the development of a positive perspective and increased resiliency so that one is able to bend rather than break when life’s tsunami hits.

Motivational interviewing is another model that I utilize. Again, using self-exploration, we’ll look at what motivates you for things to be different and how those changes could possibly impact your quality of life. Solution-focused therapy assists with identifying and clarifying goals and is very helpful with developing behavior and lifestyle changes. If you’ve experienced trauma, then we’ll look at utilizing Trauma-Informed Care which means treating the “whole” person rather than just “getting through” the event.

So as you can see, there is no one size fits all approach. I am very eclectic and tailor my services to the client I am supporting. Developing therapeutic goals is something I spend a lot of time on allowing the client to dictate what they feel is what’s currently needed in their life. Although I am not opposed to pharmaceutical therapy, I encourage clients to examine their beliefs, lifestyle and physical health to determine if prescription medication is the best choice for them to begin, modify or discontinue. There are many natural supplements as well as lifestyle and behavior changes that can be incredibly supportive to chronic mental illness.

If you feel my approach is a good fit for you, please click the link at the top right to request a complimentary 30-minute consultation to determine if we’re a good fit. I look forward to hearing from you!

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