My Approach to Helping
My first priority is to assist my clients in resolving and mediating their immediate presenting mental health challenges. My second priority is to provide the skills and information that would best guide them toward resilience and improved well-being.
Psychological well-being is a component of mental health we don't often talk about, and clients don't often consider or explore. A wise person once said, "Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional" As it turns out, the more we try to escape or ignore uncomfortable thoughts or feelings, the more they come back to us. There is, however, another way. In my experience with helping people, one of the first steps in assisting them is to discover what is most important to them and then help them develop the tools they need to align their thinking and behavior with their values. Next, I help them understand and chart a practical path they can follow to discover and activate will-being in their lives. I help them address the barriers that get in the way of self-discovery and well-being, such as difficulties with emotional dysregulation, childhood trauma, or a lack of tools or values that assist and guide them through life challenges. While I draw from the many empirically derived therapeutic approaches, such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, I also refer to the concepts and strategies presented in the published book, "The Artfully Lived Life" which provides unique exercises and activities designed to increase self-awareness and intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual well-being.