My Approach to Helping
After forty years of working with others in the helping professions (counselors, clergy, first responders, nurses and nurse-practitioners, physicians, social workers, teachers), I recognize the importance of addressing issues created by professional isolation, 'burnout' or compassion fatigue, and accumulated secondary trauma. This is especially true for those in vocations who generously serve their communities, placing the needs of others who are troubled or hurting ahead of their own over extended periods of time. The effects of chronic stress that result from work-life imbalance can have significant effects on physical and emotional health, family life, and relationships; as a result, estrangement from self and others can occur. Using a holistic orientation that encompasses mind, body, spirit, and heart (relationships), together we explore ways to reestablish better personal boundaries, priorities as well as perspective. I work from a collaborative, strengths-based approach that is tailored to the individual, using cognitive-behavioral therapy, family systems, mindfulness and/or psychodynamic psychotherapy techniques. The practice of pastoral counseling incorporates spirituality with the psychological, if a person is so inclined. This added dimension of therapy can open up new possibilities for forgiveness, healing and reconciliation: grace.