My Approach to Helping
The therapy process is most helpful when it consists of three key elements: a motivated client, a skillful and ethical therapist, and an environment of trust and collaboration. The aim of therapy is to create a context in which enduring growth and change can take place. My approach is integrative but always focused on your individual hopes and needs. As a generalist, I have extensive training in numerous therapeutic approaches. I am able to work with a variety of issues and with people from varied backgrounds. Twenty years of experience assisting people in making positive changes has shown me that therapy can be profoundly life-changing. I care deeply about helping my clients confront the issues they want to address. As therapy unfolds, my hope is that you will discover more meaning, richness and joy in your life.
More Info About My Practice
I work with individuals and couples during standard weekday hours. The first session is a consultation and there is no charge for it.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
When you are looking for a therapist, here are some important things to keep in mind:
First, your therapist needs to be well-trained and credentialed. Where were they trained? How extensive was it?
Second, any prospective therapist you consider must have a strong ethical stance toward their work as a therapist.
Third, does the therapist attend to their own growth and emotional maturity?
Fourth, perceptiveness and empathy are hallmark characteristics of excellent therapists. Pay close attention to these characteristics in any therapist you consider working with.
The decision of who to work with in therapy is extremely important. I always mention the above points to any prospective client who is currently looking for a therapist.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Unfortunately, we live in a culture that views seeking help for emotional issues as a sign of weakness. This is a tragedy in that it discourages people who are struggling with challenging emotions from reaching out.
Seeking help is actually a sign of interest in living a meaningful and purposeful life. It can also be a major step in accepting personal responsibility in a healthy way.
So many issues that people struggle with alone could be changed or dealt with in therapy.
Therapy can not only impact the struggles or problems you are dealing with, but it can also bring about extremely positive change that can impact the rest of your life.
Everyone struggles with life at times. It is an act of strength to reach out for assistance.