My Approach to Helping
My approach to counseling is person-centered and collaborative.. The relationship is built on trust, unconditional acceptance, and tailored to the preferences and the individual goals of each client. I integrate coaching and mentoring with counseling, especially when working with couples.
My general orientation and training is Rational Emotive - Cognitive Behavior Therapy. This type of therapy helps clients learn new, effective ways of thinking about their problems, change scripts and narratives that don't work for them, and adopt helpful and rational responses 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 peacefully with themselves and others.
I have been providing counseling, clinical supervision, and mentoring for more than 20 years and I look forward to working with you.
More Info About My Practice
The main focus of my practice is relationship counseling using an REBTCBT approach with eclectic and broad application of evidence based methods. Individuals in couple's counseling not only improve the health of their relationship, but the skills that they learn generalize to successful habits and better thinking about work, family, friends, and social life. Couples learn to become less demanding (more flexible in their evaluations), less blaming, unconditionally accepting, more rational and emotionally regulated. The individuals within the relationship learn emotional responsibility and happiness. They learn how to approach conflict, repair conflict, and communicate effectively in the face of differences and disagreement. My approach is a blend of active teaching and listening, humor, and life-affirming goal setting. I have worked successfully with couples experiencing separation, anger and aggression, substance use, financial and sexual infidelity, and severe stressors such as loss of child or parent.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Deciding who to go to for advice, to trust your problems with, is one of the most important decisions that you can make in life. It creates anxiety and has consequences. I appreciate and honor the risk and commitment that clients make by choosing to work with me, and I am strongly invested in developing a process that is comfortable and effective.