A porch, or a small space with a roof supported by columns, serving as the entrance to a building.
Appalachians like to lay claim on porch sitting (or “setting”) as unique to our culture. The porch is not just a place for snapping green beans, shucking corn, and being nosy about who is coming up and down the road (and whether they can afford that new car). It is the place for creating and strengthening bonds with family and friends. sharing stories, petting dogs, sitting in silent grief together, marveling at a sunset over the mountains.
Having lived in places outside of Appalachia, I know that porch sitting isn't unique to us - it's universal. Stoops in Brooklyn and back decks in California have the same ability to connect and ease stresses of the day.
I like to think of porches as a metaphor for the therapeutic process. When you decide to enter into therapy, it is recommend you look for a therapist that you have a level of comfort with. When the therapeutic relationship fits, it can feel a little bit like porch sitting.
When I start to work with a new client, I feel like I'm being invited onto your porch. I am always honored and humbled at the invitation. I will support you, by sitting with you on the "porch" of your healing journey.
When are you are ready to achieve a deeper understanding of yourself or want to be challenged a little, I'll help you shift your gaze from "out" to "in". That process may take us away from the porch for a little while, but know that we can always go back whenever you need to. Therapy is a process driven by you. It's YOUR house! I will meet you wherever you are and honor where you need to be but the door is always open when you are ready to enter.