My Approach to Helping
I have been working with the general principles of Cognitive Behavioral Counseling for about 18 years, which assert that we may be interacting with an external world, but our interpretation will always be filtered by our own beliefs and thought patterns. I use the techniques of motivational interviewing to help you build self-confidence and discover blind spots. By exploring our conscious and unconscious habits of mind and making some strategic adjustments, we can improve our lives, find happiness, let go of resentment, recover from trauma and overcome anxiety. I am certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). ART is an evidence-based form of therapy that can help you with your trauma in usually about 1-5 sessions. I am also trained in Prolonged Exposure Therapy, which is a well-studied method for symptom reduction in survivors of trauma, and I am experienced in working with problem drinkers and drug users. I'm a big fan of the 12-steps (AA, NA, etc), but I understand that not everybody that drinks too much is an alcoholic and that some people are repelled by the spiritual nature of the 12-step programs. Therefore, I support moderation as a legitimate goal for some.
It takes courage to seek therapy, but an experienced counselor can help you lighten the burden and help you develop another viewpoint that can make your difficulties seem more surmountable.