My Approach to Helping
I believe that each person is unique, and each client brings their own personal history, challenges, and strengths with them to treatment. Therefore, I avoid taking a "cookie-cutter" approach to therapy and strive to tailor my approach to each client's goals and needs. I believe the my role as a therapist involves providing my clients with a safe, supportive environment to explore the challenges that they face, while helping them develop the skills to overcome such challenges. Along the way, I help my clients to heal from past hurts, break out of unhealthy pattens of behavior, and harness their inner strength, with the ultimate goal of helping my client's to lead fuller, more fulfilling lives.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
There are many different reasons why people may choose to pursue psychotherapy, and each client brings a set of personal goals to treatment. However, I believe that the deepest purpose of psychotherapy is to help people to find greater meaning and fulfillment in their lives. For any given client, this may mean reducing stress, enhancing one's mood, or improving their relationships. All such areas of progress serve the ultimate purpose of improving the quality of a client’s life in an ongoing way.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
I believe that the client-therapist relationship is central to the healing and growth that occurs during therapy. Along with providing a source of support, the relationship that develops between a client and therapist can be a helpful avenue for exploring the client's relationships outside of treatment. While a strong therapeutic alliance is not something that develops over night, I strive to provide a foundation of empathy and non-judgmental understanding so that trust and a strong relationship can develop. I also view therapy as a collaborative process, requiring effort from both parties to be successful. Therefore, I encourage my clients to provide me with feedback about what they find more or less helpful, so that we can maximize the benefits of therapy.