My Approach to Helping
I would describe myself as a "regular guy" kind of counselor or therapist. I don't hide behind psycho-babble or psychiatric diagnoses. I prefer to work from a strengths-based approach to helping people live the most fulfilled and satisfying life that that can have. I think that most people are their own "expert" with regard to their problem and that they can help me understand their perspective so that I can assist them at overcoming the problem or issue that ails them. I believe that counseling and psychotherapy is most successful when there is a good "match" between the counselor and client. This safe and professional relationship provides the foundation for therapeutic change. Sometimes you have to "shop around" to find that right match.
I enjoy working with people who are motivated to change and just need the right guidance to make that change become a reality. I tend not to see things from a medical perspective and, as such, I don't see medication as the primary or initial "cure" to mental and emotional issues. I don't discount the importance of medication in some cases and will be glad to work with your psychiatrist of primary care physician in a collegial manner.
I tend to work from a short-term perspective. As such I see counseling or therapy often as an intermittent process where the client comes and goes as they need to rather than scheduling regular weekly sessions forever. I am open to using technology in counseling and am willing to do web-based, email, or telephone based sessions to supplement in-person meetings.