My Approach to Helping
I am here to guide you on the journey of life.
I provide counseling services to children, teenagers, adults, families, and couples in a warm, honest, down-to-earth style. Our sessions together may take place in a comfortable, private office or we may venture outside and engage in Walk and Talk Therapy.
You are invited to walk or hike with me for two (or more) hours, depending on your physical ability and comfort. I also offer online counseling for individuals with busy schedules who may be unable to leave their office or home. Please give me a call for more information on my services.
My therapeutic approach is person-centered, humanistic, and solution-focused. During treatment, I may encourage the development of certain skills such as clear communication, emotional intelligence, and emotional expression. I may also address past issues if they are likely to help you move toward a brighter future.
My role as your therapist is not merely to offer support. I am also eager to help you get a clear perspective of your current circumstances and state of mind. I firmly believe clearly seeing yourself is an important step toward your long term health, personal growth, and happiness.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
The purpose of Psychotherapy is not to be given all the answers. That's to say, do not expect your Therapist to give you the perfect road-map to direct your life. Rather, the purpose of Psychotherapy is to empower and equip the client with the right tools, strategies and point of view in order to make their own journey and find their own answers. A client is not paying for answers, a client is paying for a safe place to view their own life honestly and to gain clarity on how to solve life challenges and genuinely grow. Expect to be both supported when you are truly afflicted and also to be respectfully challenged if you are willfully choosing destructive behavior or making choices that do not serve your highest life purpose or optimal performance. One thing you can count on is that I place a high value on treating people with fairness, compassion and respect.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Many people have reservations making an appointment and committing to therapy because they fear that if their family, friends or peer group were to find out they were in therapy, somehow this would cast a negative shadow on their character and negative judgement would prevail. I want to encourage you to consider that although this point of view is completely understandable, it is completely flawed and based mostly from fear. It is actually a sign of a healthy and intelligent person to ask for guidance and counsel when it is needed. As opposed to someone who may choose not to see reality as it is and therefore choose to ignore, defend or mask their problems or areas of growth; the person who chooses self-help, growth and enrichment displays great honesty and courage in reaching out. Take the next step toward a better life. Make the call.