My Approach to Helping
The longer I live, the more complicated I understand life to be. I don't judge. I believe that you can only trust if you feel accepted. You can only believe someone if you know that they understand you. You can only grow if they are totally honest with you. I promise to give you my best, based on my 17+ years of experience providing counseling. My greatest satisfaction comes when you begin to feel free from what has burdened you and begin to live the life you have been longing for.
More Info About My Practice
I received excellent training at Texas A&M University where I earned my doctorate, but you won't hear me being overly technical in how I explain things. I practice using Interpersonal and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies, but you'll find that I'm down-to-earth and human. I'll share my impression and see if it fits. I'll offer suggestions and adjust them with you until we find something that works. I feel confident that you'll back look at your decision to work with me and think, "That was one of the best things I ever did for myself."
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have experience with most issues, but specialize in depression, loss, and medical issues. What underlies most of our struggles are losses in relationships (e.g., childhood, romantic), losses in freedom, or loss of dreams and expectations. Many times, there are things I can help you do to regain what has been lost. Other times, we mourn the loss and begin to move on--filling your life with other meaningful people and experiences. I believe there is a lot of life after loss, and want to help you find that to be true too.
My Guiding Ethical Principles
I promise to give you my best effort to always help and never harm. I value your trust and will do my best to never violate that. I promise to be honest--how else can you grow? I promise to try to be fair in all my dealings and to recognize my limits. If there's something I don't know or can't do, I will say so. I promise to always respect our professional boundaries. I promise to respect you and the differences that make you who you are.
I believe that counseling is a practice ground, and my goal is for you to move forward in your life, with the people who matter to you, changed and using what you learned during our work together.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Some people are afraid of going to therapy because they think someone is going to read their mind, make them feel things they don't want to feel, or push them to do things they don't want to do. You won't feel this way with me. I'm a fellow human--like you. I've just spent years learning how to help you move beyond your problem. I can promise you my best effort, my honesty, and an established record of helping others find peace, freedom and happiness.