My Approach to Helping
Above all, my approach requires respect for each person who trusts me with his or her personal struggles. Being completely honest puts people in a vulnerable state and most of us are usually only willing to be vulnerable with close friends and relatives. Trusting a total stranger with your innermost thoughts can be frightening. So I do my best to take the "stranger" feeling away by treating everyone with dignity and kindness in a non-judgmental atmosphere. My humanistic approach is reflective of my interpersonal style which embraces humor, candor, and relatability. My goal is always to help each person achieve the goals they've identified for themselves. Sometimes people come in unhappy and dissatisfied with their lives but can't articulate what's "wrong". In those cases, we work together to get to the root of their troubles so our goals for therapy can become clearer and we can work towards real solutions. I affirm everyone's ability to change his or her life in a positive way. By utilizing a few time-tested treatment models and integrating them according to each persons' needs, we can find a rhythm and process that really works. Motivation, support, guidance, compassion, honesty, and empowerment are things people can expect to receive from me in the therapeutic process because those are the things I would want for myself!
More Info About My Practice
I am fully trained and well practiced in E.M.D.R. therapy. E.M.D.R. stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing and it is the premier intervention for people struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. My special compassion for military veterans prompted me to seek this specialized training so I can offer them this unique intervention which is designed to produce rapid and lasting results. Please see my website to read more about my practice specialties which include addiction treatment and marriage restoration.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I am a general practitioner but I specialize in the treatment of depression and anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, marriage problems, and addiction. My interest in addiction treatment is both personal and professional as I have been in recovery for my addictions for more than 19 years. I am a nationally certified master addiction counselor through NAADAC and have worked with addicts of all kinds for many years. Specifically, alcoholism, drug addiction, codependency and eating disorders are the addictions I treat most regularly. Please see my website for more information about my approach to treating addiction and the other problems listed above.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Psychotherapy can help people develop healthier habits and relationships with the goal of living happier and more fulfilling lives. The counseling process is grounded in dialogue between the therapist and the individual seeking therapy. The therapist is supportive but it is a different kind of support from the kind a friend could provide because the therapist is objective, neutral and non-judgmental. Your therapist should help you find ways to solve your immediate problems and teach you the skills to manage your problems ongoing. The process should not be intimidating or make you feel like a specimen in a microscope. You are a person with a unique set of circumstances and feelings. By the time you?ve found a solution to the problem that caused you to seek therapy in the first place, you should have a better understanding of how to cope with whatever challenges you encounter in the years to come.