My Approach to Helping
One important aspect to counseling being successful, is the desire to want something different. I believe when someone steps into my office, they want something different, whether they know for sure what it is or not. My job is to help you explore and determine what is important and what it is you need. Some people want a better sense of self, happiness or contentment. You may be looking to improve your relationship with yourself, with those closest to you or to better connect with others in general. You may want to talk about specific concerns and want additional guidance and education in these areas. You could be looking for new tools, skills and strategies to help you mange life's ups and downs. You may want or need to improve your communication skills (who can't use more of this, right?). Addressing conflict and concerns generally helps to improve one's overall sense of well-being and quality of life.
In a comfortable, calm and confidential environment, I will provide a Solution Focused Approach in our work together. I will work to meet you where you are (figuratively), as you explore and sort through the meaningful aspects of your life. I will help you focus on what you want and ways to achieve where it is you want to go.
More Info About My Practice
Who are we kidding, we all have to learn to manage conflict within ourselves, in our relationships and usually both (that is if we want to live our best life) . Unresolved conflict can lead to negative, irrational and destructive thoughts and feelings. This ultimately impacts our interactions with others, our relationships, overall sense of well being and mental health state. As a Solution Focused Therapist and Conflict Resolution Specialist, I help individuals and couples better acknowledge, manage and communicate their thoughts and feelings. I provide productive ways of arguing, communicating, interacting and resolving conflict. I teach people how to better understand themselves, so that they ultimately are better understood by others.
My Therapy Focus
As a Solution Focused Therapist, I believe that you are the expert on your life. I may make recommendations or suggestions, it is up to you what you decide to do with the information. We can focus on the past, if this is helpful. We can focus on how you want your life and your relationships to be different going forward. We can do both! Either way, you will find a more positive way forward and begin to notice progress in a relatively short amount of time.
My Guiding Ethical Principles
Tenants of Solution Focused Therapy
1. If it's not broken, don't fix it.
2. If something is working, do more of it.
3. If it's not working, do something different.
4. Small steps can lead to big changes.
5. The solution is not directly related to the problem.
6. The language for solution development is different from language needed to describe a problem.
7. No problem happens all of the time. There are exceptions.
8. The future is both created and negotiable.