My Approach to Helping
My approach is friendly and accommodating. I believe that change happens in a safe, nonjudgmental space where we can engage openly and honestly. I use gentle confrontation to promote growth, and encourage healthy humor for healing, acceptance and alternate perspectives. My sessions are usually unstructured, but I often include research and theory in a conversational manner to increase understanding and expansion of ideas.
I work on the philosophy that all people tend toward positive growth and therapy is good place to start to recognize strengths and process blocks.
I immigrated from Australia to attend the University of Southern California on athletic scholarship and received a Bachelors degree in psychology including, sports, behavioral, social, plus philosophy and sociology. Later when I returned to school in the modern era, I achieved my masters degree in Marriage and Family therapy on line at Northcentral University.
I specialize in self esteem and communication, exploration of thoughts and feelings, pragmatic approaches and emotional IQ. Specific clients that I work especially well with are couples, people who are stuck and struggling, people with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder or a sense of shifting self, and athletes looking to improve performance.