My Approach to Helping
At times psychotherapy will be recommended when a person is struggling with life, a relationship, employment, or a mental health issue, and these matters are causing the individual a great deal of emotional pain or are profoundly impacting their ability to function. The privilege of being able to assist people in need of therapy is not only my profession, but it is also my passion. When an individual choses to receive psychotherapy from me, I will do so with a nonjudgmental attitude, honesty, and a servant's heart.
The following are some of the issues that I most often see and my treatment approach to each of them.
Anxiety: Anxiety takes on a variety of different forms; therefore, my initial approach is to find out the underlying cause(s) of the anxiety. Anxiety disorders differ considerably, and as a result, therapy is tailored to the specific symptoms. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure Therapy (ET) have been shown to be effective in treating individuals suffering from the various forms of anxiety, and these are my preferred methods of treatment. Worries and fears do not need to be constants in an individual's life, so the person and I will work together to find ways of looking at situations differently, develop coping skills, and consider new ways of problem solving.
Depression: My approach in assisting people suffering from depression varies with each person. I initially search for the reasons causing the depression, and together the person and I will pursue the changes needed to alleviate the symptoms. I use the word picture with people suffering from depression as being down in a valley, and by putting the accepted interventions into practice, I can assist them in climbing out of the valley. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a well-researched therapy that has been shown to be effective in treating people suffering from depression, and this is the intervention I most often use along with other accepted techniques.
Anger: Annoyed, aggravated, irritated, frustrated, hostile, infuriated, and full of rage. What do all these words have in common? These words all fall on the emotional spectrum of anger. Anger is not an unhealthy emotion, but sometimes people express their anger in an unhealthy manner. There are alternative healthy ways of expressing and managing one's anger. I partner with the person to explore the reasons for their anger, and then I teach the individual how to manage and release anger in healthy ways.