My Approach to Helping
MY VIEW - I sincerely believe in four key things: 1) That every life is precious, 2) That a personal and loving God has designed everyone for a purpose, 3) That each person needs to find and embrace God's plans for his or her life, and 4) That each person needs encouragement, positive feedback and possibly healing help to stay true to the course God has for him or her.
MY VISION - Further, I believe my purpose in life as a Psychologist and man of faith is to help each individual to discover, be affirmed and, when needed, be encouraged to live out their life with meaning, service and fulfillment. This also means recognizing the importance of engaging effectively with others in life as well. This includes respecting, joining and sharing with others in their family, among friends, in a career path, in a church setting and within the community in a mutually significant way as well.
MY UNDERSTANDING - However, I recognize one's life path is not always clear, straight, and smooth. This may be due to how life has unfolded in general; how people and events impact and divert a person; how sincere or even bad choices have led to incomplete or regrettable detours and outcomes; or that a person finds themselves completing one good season in life but now must find direction and joy in a new change of seasons in life.
MY OFFER - In these and all situation a person needs to find and receive the help and affirmation needed to understand their life, life with others and possibly a new path. In times like these I invite you to consider making an appointment at my Eden Prairie office.
ALL ARE WELCOMED After 30-plus years of service and experience I have encountered firsthand the highs, lows, and hidden secrets of life. Whether recent changes and challenges, personal struggles with addictions, stuck feelings and thoughts, or past wounds, regrets, or traumas, I believe people have found a safe place here.
More Info About My Practice
MY AVAILABILITY - Working independently and privately allows for great flexibility with scheduling. Throughout the week there are appointment times still opening during the day time and on most Saturday mornings. I try to see people initially within 2 to 3 days of contacting me.
Most insurance plans recognize counseling through this office. If not covered, or if deductible amounts are too high, flexible fees can be discussed.
What matters is you and people you can about. Please contact me to begin the first step.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
YOUR SEASON MAY BE NOW - I have meet many men and women who feel ashamed to ask for help. The fear of the unknown, fear of what others might say, and a little pride may prevent a person from seeking out counseling. But I say this ... no one can be prepared for all of life's challenges and uncertainties. Since the time we were born we have had to receive the love and knowledge of others to help one understand and handle life's changes. Whether it was learning to dress ourselves, learn volumes of new information in school, or how to begin a new job or career, we have all needed help.
A counselor offers help when life is too new or not going well. It may be changes in a relationship, in a home, or among family members or friends; recent news about a medical issue, a separation or divorce , or a loss; or maybe struggling with a recent or earlier hurt or regret. In all of these situations a trained and experienced counselor can help one navigate in this time of life.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
OUR SEASON - I am very clear that I am a counselor who facilitate and not one who hangs on to people. I see myself as a rest stop on the journey in life and not a destination. After meeting 6 to 8 times (on the average), the meetings become spaced out for several weeks so as to begin the "weaning" process. At this point an ending time emerges and a decision is made for check-ins only. My belief is I would rather end a little bit too soon than stay too long.