My Approach to Helping
Anxiety is a major obstacle that can get in our way of living the life we want. While a certain amount of anxiety is normal for all persons, those with excessive anxiety may find themselves experiencing constant worry, doubt, and self criticism. In addition, sometimes depression, substance abuse and various disorders may follow. However, anxiety IS manageable. But first you will need to be aware of and accept your beliefs, your values, and your fears. Mind and body will need to work together to relieve the stress that starts your anxiety process. I help you manage these stressful times and difficult life transitions through various therapies suited your unique personality and particular needs.
My therapeutic approach is nonjudgmental, supportive and practical. It is based on the latest successful therapies for anxiety, yet tailored to your specific personality and situation. Together we will work through the sequential steps that have resulted in your distress and then follow with the processes that will bring you relief.
More Info About My Practice
In my work with individuals, I draw from a variety of the best evidence-based psychotherapies for facilitating insight and change. This reflects my sincere belief in the uniqueness of each person and their ability to learn to lead happier and healthier lives. I have great respect for each of my clients and while I review the past, I tend to focus more on the present and the future with emphasis on motivation and solutions that help them with greater awareness, and the confidence needed to move forward in solving their issues.
Depending on my clients' needs, some of the therapies I include, where appropriate: CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Motivational Interviewing, Behavioral Therapy, Stress Management Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Mindfulness Management Therapy, and Positive Psychology. My educational background included a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with an additional graduate level specialization in Chemical Dependency, and a Masters in Psychology with a another specialization in Stress Management.
In the addiction treatment I do, I work both with clients and their families and friends. In my 20+ years working with dual diagnosis and addictions, I have had the benefit of working in every level of care -- from substance abuse prevention to in-patient rehab treatment programs, PHP, IOP, and outpatient. One of my sincere beliefs is that there is no one way that works for everyone. Not everyone needs rehab and each situation deserves special consideration. In short, that means there are no "have to's", "must's", or "should's." I apply an approach that is non-judgmental, with empathy and compassion for my clients, while bringing them the best type of care they need, and of course, never giving up.
With general Couples Counseling work, I see my role as helping to develop healthy person-to-person emotional connections, without sacrificing individuality. Each person’s personality needs to be recognized and respected. In initial sessions, much of my focus begins with changing communication style and learning to negotiate conflict. To restore or develop trust and connection, I find that people need to first literally learn to talk to each other differently. This is not as easy as it may sound, but it is possible and it is the foundation of maintaining healthy relationships. Once respectful and caring communication is established, improved emotional connections become possible and problems can be resolved.