My Approach to Helping
I bring a collaborative and flexible approach to counseling. My goal with each person I work with is to help them develop more fulfilling and healthy lives. Often times the first step in counseling is identifying short-term goals to effectively reduce pain and improve coping. However, it is the cultivation of wellness (or or building up strengths) that I see as vital to overcoming mental health challenges long-term. Of particular importance in building of strengths is identifying the values and sense of purpose unique to each person.
As part of the counseling process, my clients and I pay particular attention to how relationships may be contributing to, or preventing, current difficulties. There are numerous relationships typically explored in therapy: relationships with one's self (internal thoughts and feelings), partners, family systems, co-workers, and communities. I pay particular attention to how common relational dynamics may emerge within the counseling process itself.
Another foundational component of my work is the integration of research. This involves identifying and utilizing counseling approaches that are supported by robust empirical data and proven to be effective.
Ultimately my counseling approach is uniquely tailored to each individual client. This is achieved through developing strong rapport, collaboratively identifying goals (short-term and long-term), and implementing proven approaches to treatment.