My Approach to Helping
My approach to counseling is person-centered, flexible, and adapted to each person's unique challenges, strengths, and pathways to change. Our therapeutic relationship is collaborative and the goals and tasks for therapy are established and agreed upon from the first sessions, and then modified when the need arises. The relationship is built on trust, unconditional acceptance, and equality. My mission is to help others with the same respect, kinship, and investment that I would want if I was in the other person's circumstances facing similar problems. I am grateful for, and honor, the gifts and talents that each client brings to the relationship and the process.
My philosophy is consistent with the tenets of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy; that each of us, at least to some degree, disturb ourselves emotionally and act in self-defeating ways in response to the demands that we face, and the expectations that we place on ourselves, others and the world we live in.
Therapy helps clients learn new and more effective ways of thinking about their problems, change scripts and narratives that don't work for them, and adopt helpful and rational approaches to responding to (and interacting with and relating to) the complex and uncertain world that they live in. My primary aim for the clients that I work with, and for all of the relationships that I have in life, is to help others find their own way to flourish and live a hope-filled life.
I have a passion for teaching, mentoring and learning within relationships that are warm, affirming and unconditionally accepting. I have been providing counseling, clinical supervision, and mentoring for more than 20 years and I look forward to working with you.