My Approach to Helping
I have often thought that psychotherapy can be too abstract and mysterious. Often the belief is that the therapist has the exclusive view into the client’s unconscious drives or motives. This view tends to over-pathologies the individual seeking help, with the client having the problem and the therapist holding the solution. I don’t really think that it works that way. I have often found that people know what changes they need/want to make in their lives, have good reasons (motivations) for making these changes, and have clear ideas of how they can get there.
Using an approach known as motivational interviewing I join with the client to form a partnership by which the individual is able to identify the focus of change, identify their personal reasons for changing, and develop a plan to get there. This approach empowers the individual, identifies the strengths and resources they already possess, and respects the autonomy and wisdom within each person to make choices that are in their best interests.
Whether you are trying to let go of a habit that no longer works for you, pursue an opportunity that you have been putting off due to ambivalence, or adding activities or skills to your daily routine that can improve anxiety or depression, I can guide you toward the change you want in your life. I think you will find me easy to talk to as I take a respectful and non-judgmental approach to my work.