Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Marriage & Family Therapy
I'm a licensed professional.
I have been honored to be allowed into the lives of my patients for over 25 years. There is nothing more complex, intricate, or fascinating than a human being. I love the process of psychotherapy and have been fortunate to experience life as a psychologist. Witnessing change and growth in my patients has proven to be one of the most rewarding parts of my own life. Those who chose psychotherapy are the most courageous people I know.
We are largely formed through our relationships; those with our families of origin, those with our partners, and those with our children. I appreciate the importance of relationships and enjoy teaching skills, communication, trust, and forgiveness to couples and families.
I work largely from a developmental perspective; I am acutely aware of process and growth. I believe that as we develop emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and in our relationships, we experience a deeper satisfaction and joy in living.
I love what I do.
After more than twenty-five years practicing psychotherapy, I have come to realize that therapeutic outcome is largely hinged on five factors.
The first factor (necessary, but not sufficient) is the relationship between the therapist and the patient. Good rapport, collaboration, and trust are necessary before the patient will completely share his or her struggles with the therapist. Strong confrontation is often called for in therapy and this is most helpful when the patient has developed a degree of trust in the âgood intentâ of the therapist. Without a strong therapeutic alliance, very little change comes from therapy.
The second factor is the hope or level of expectancy of the patient. The therapist can do much to increase this or to instill it when absent. The professionalism and expertise of the therapist (and an appropriate communication of those qualities) is a determining factor in the level of hope/expectance with which the patient imbues the treatment. Prior treatment experiences impact the expectance of the patient. It is often important to address issues that have arisen in previous therapy.
The third factor is the therapy structure, model, or technique. It is important to have a wealth of training and a plethora of techniques. However, these are most effective when the above two factors are in place. The appropriate treatment is most often based on the âtheories of changeâ the patient brings to therapy. Finding these and responding to them
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