My Approach to Helping
All of us have issues and problems that we would like to solve but we often lack motivation to do so by running into what I would call Resistance. You may find that you sincerely want to make the changes, but you realize that is not the same as having sufficient motivation to do so. And you may feel you don’t have the energy or sometimes even the information to make it happen. Resistance is subtle and difficult to uncover in yourself and in your relationships.
One of my special areas of interest is helping individuals and couples work through that resistance and acquire the motivation to find ways to lead a happier and healthier life. I do this through a combination of various types of therapies that I choose on the basis of each person’s unique personality and goals. The commonality is that in each of these therapies is tailored to generate the changes that help you to get out of the stuck places like Resistance, and onto the motivation you need to get what you want.
More Info About My Practice
As a psychologist, the type of work that I do draws from the best of numerous psychotherapies. Much of my work involves practical and individually specific tools for change to all my clients. This reflects my sincere belief in the uniqueness of each person and their ability to learn to lead happier and healthier lives. As such, I tend to focus more on the present and the future with emphasis on motivation and solutions that lead to greater awareness, and the confidence needed to move forward in solving their issues.
Depending on my clients' needs, I often use a variety of approaches and therapies, including as appropriate: CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Motivational Interviewing, Behavioral Couples Therapy, Stress Management Therapy, Mindfulness Management Therapy, and Positive Psychology.
In Couples Counseling, I see my work 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 styles 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.
In addiction treatment, I work both with clients and their families and friends. In my 20 years of experience 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, should's, or must's. What is important, however, is individualizing treatment, and never giving up.
With Stress Management therapy, I see handling stress as a gateway to preventing difficult problems as well as some psychological disorders. The beauty of Stress Management training is that the skills can be taught and the results can be obvious in a relatively short period of time. Stress Management can be a tool that keeps issues from developing into more serious psychological distress. I find that all persons, regardless of age or background, are able to benefit from Stress Management approaches.
In the pain management work I do, my experience is with headache disorders of all types (migraine, cluster, tension, etc.) and diffuse pain such as fibromyalgia. Additionally I work with pain patients who have become addicted to opioids due to various pain conditions. Here again I use behavioral therapies such as CBT to help pain sufferers, as well as work with their other medical and holistic health care providers as appropriate.