My Approach to Helping
I am ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. I have been doing pastoral ministry and spiritual counseling for 30 years and in that time period, I have more than 15 years as a licensed counselor and therapist, assisting my clients and those I care for in managing depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual compulsion/addiction, life transition issues as well as, couple and relationship issues.
I work with clients who come from a wide range of religious, economic and ethnic backgrounds and have experience working with married couples and interpersonal relationships with extensive training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, the Gottman Method and Discernment Counseling for couples on the brink of divorce or separation.
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More Info About My Practice
My collaborative role is to assist you in finding ways to manage issues, create solutions to problems and give you a life that is full of hope, strength, and courage for living. I will bring my experiences, expertise, training and education to be your guide as we design strategies through the process of change and growth. I will offer structure, honest and direct feedback that will give you choices for your life and growth. If for whatever reason, our therapeutic relationship is not a fit for you, I am committed to helping you find the right person who can continue the counseling process with you.
My role as a couple therapist is to help you and your spouse uncover the negative cycle that is limiting, even impeding connection with each other. I will work with you to uncover the unspoken attachment needs and help each of you speak from a place of tenderness and love, versus from a place of anger and defensiveness. Emotionally Focused Couples therapy is 75% effective in improving couple satisfaction. Please see our website for more information about EFT.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I am very good at helping individuals create positive change in their lives and to lead them out of the pain of grief/loss, trauma and abuse as well as depression and anxiety. I am also skilled and trained in Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Counseling and can help individuals grow in personal faith development. I've done extensive training with recovery work in sexual addiction/compulsivity. I also work with individual and families who have issues related to same sex attraction, helping them make sense of what is going on within themselves and loved ones in a non-judgmental and loving way.
Along with helping couples grow in healthy and effective communication, I am especially trained and skilled in helping couples and family members heal from the impact of infidelity, affairs and other major betrayals that undermine relational trust and safety in a marriage and family relationships. For couples on the brink of divorce, I am trained in Discernment Counseling. See our website for webinars and podcasts that give you more in-depth information about the many issues listed here.