My Approach to Helping
I take a collaborative approach in working with individuals. The therapeutic relationship determines whether or not therapy is successful, as well as the motivation of the client. Research has shown that theories and techniques account for 8%. Developing a trusting non-judgmental relationship is key. However, working with couples is a little bit different because the client is the relationship, not the individuals in the room. If I feel one party would benefit from individual counseling regarding a particular issue, I will refer that party to an individual therapist. I utilize the Gottman method in working with couples because it's the only marital therapy that is evidence-based.
My work with children involves play and art therapy because these methods help children express their feelings when words cannot. Children generally look forward to therapy sessions with me because they feel my warmth and compassion for them. As sessions progress and children gain trust, more and more is revealed in their play, giving me the opportunity to help them work through difficult feelings.
A big part of my practice is in working with adolescents. They are a fun group to work with because they are the most open and honest. Adolescence can be a difficult time for some teens, but also an exciting time for growth and learning about the world and themselves. Some teens can become overwhelmed with feelings and not know how to express themselves in helpful ways. This is where therapy can be helpful. I help adolescents through the maze of their feelings so they learn to avoid self-destructive ways of expressing themselves.