My Approach to Helping
I employ an integrated approach that is individualized to meet each person's needs. We are all unique in how we view life's challenges and in the ways we make things better. I bring 40 years of experience to helping my clients discover the methods and time frame that best resolve their difficulties. Woven through all that I do is a focus on people's strengths and resources, and a strong desire to resolve concerns as quickly as possible. I am driven by a deep respect for the challenges of human life, and the belief that we all struggle to do our best.
More Info About My Practice
All services take place in the comfort of my home office. Occasional wildlife sightings and a cozy fireplace ease the challenge of wrestling with life's difficulties. I am honored by the many people who invite me to share a part of their life journey and I strive to make the counseling experience as normal and comfortable as possible. At the same time, I am open, honest, and straightforward in addressing clients' needs while finding the shortest path to relief and healing.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I specialize in working with adolescents and couples. Adolescent issues of growth and development affect the family, school performance, friendships, faith, and future life direction. I have worked with teens for 40 years in a variety of settings and continue to enjoy assisting this age group in navigating this confusing, exciting, depressing, and dramatic stage of development. I utilize findings from recent brain research which has greatly facilitated our understanding of adolescent development and behavior.
I also have 40 years of experience as a couples counselor and a husband, both of which inform my work with couples. I am fascinated by what we now know works in growing and maintaining a loving committed relationship and enjoy helping couples to apply these principles and strategies. Here too, brain research has contributed to my effectiveness in teaching couples effective skills for communicating and managing emotions.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Someone once said that "words are the therapist's scalpel." Talk therapy assists people in uncovering and clarifying what is keeping them stuck in negative and/or destructive patterns of behavior, and then helps to craft strategies for positive change. While the experience is somewhat different for each of us, psychotherapy is the collaborative process by which we learn what works best with this particular problem at this particular time.