My Approach to Helping
My approach is connected, warm, strength-based, and supportive. I work hard to be transparent; I answer questions rather than deflect them, and I don't keep secrets from my clients. My goal is for us to create a strong relationship, built on openness and honesty. For those in a 12 step program, I'm very comfortable working within a 12 Step framework.
My Role as a Therapist
I believe that the most effective therapeutic approach is one that the therapist and client craft together. You are an individual with a unique set of experiences and issues. How can I expect to be helpful, if I only rely on a single approach that treats everyone the same way? It just doesn't make sense. The best solutions come from working together.
My Therapy Focus
I specialize in grief counseling and in helping older individuals and couples navigate the challenges of aging. We live in a world that has no time for our feelings of grief, and no patience for the physical and emotional realities of aging. Because our culture has so little tolerance for these experiences, people are forced to push down their feelings and pretend that they?re not in any pain. As a result, it's easy to become lost in our grief, and frustrated in our attempts to find meaning and joy as we age.