My Approach to Helping
My goal is to help people make long-lasting and positive change in their lives. Authenticity and warmth are two primary aspects of my work. This not only helps to provide a safe atmosphere, but also encourage genuine interaction. Whether it's anxiety, life purpose challenges, or relationship issues, my task is to tap into strengths that are already present along with engaging intrinsic motivation that has been proven to lead to sustainable and meaningful change. I believe that everyone has value and has the right to seek a meaningful and purposeful life for them.
More Info About My Practice
As a clinician, I primarily focus on strengths and core values to help people get "unstuck". This often involves the use of ACT, DBT, and Motivational Interviewing. I am family oriented and try to engage as much of the family as possible in treatment. My focus is on treatments the help to engage a person's or a family?s own intrinsic motivation for change. The common factors model also plays a significant role in my work, as I place great value on the therapeutic alliance and authenticity. My therapeutic work has been influenced by: Irvin Yalom, Carl Rogers, Murray Bowen, Salvador Minuchin, Russ Harris, Stephen Rollnick, and William R. Miller.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
We are all on this journey called life together. We all face challenges and we all need a helping hand from time to time. Seeking out therapy is just one of many ways to find that helping hand through life. The advantage that therapy has is that it is a process guided by a third person rather than a friend or family member that may struggle to give guidance in a helpful and unbiased manner. This does not mean that the therapist does not care deeply about you and your struggles, but they are able to shine some light on some things from outside of your daily life and relationships. When meeting someone for the first time I always remind them that it is an interview - they are interviewing me. Research has shown that one of the most impactful elements of what makes therapy beneficial is the therapeutical alliance. If we're a great fit, awesome! If not, that's okay too. Then my goal becomes to help them get connected with someone who might be a better fit for them. A one shot, no long-term commitment experience, worth a shot, right?
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
While I agree that mental health disorders do indeed exist. The majority of people who seek counseling are just struggling with day to day anxieties, purpose, depression, and relationships. While these issues are nothing to be scoffed at, they are not disorders. They are a part of life that we all need some help with from time to time. This is one of the reasons that I have chosen not to participate on any insurance panels. No matter what someone comes in for, to bill insurance, I have to give that person a disorder, whether they have one or not. I have both ethical and moral qualms about that process. If someone comes in and I believe that have a mental disorder, we will discuss it together. Everyone deserves to be informed about their therapy treatment. If we are just working on boundaries, or parenting, or some life direction, we'll just set out some goals and get to work. My policy in regards to "disorders" is to maintain open and honest communication about my thought process and observations. After all, you are probably the best expert on yourself than anyone else is.