My Approach to Helping
I believe that there comes a time in almost every person's life when we feel confused or stuck, unsure of where to turn or we simply can't see the "light at the end of the tunnel". This may occur in response to many situations: a sudden loss, a challenging relationship, a career dilemma or change, adjustments to parenting, an unexpected life experience, or from an ingrained tendency to worry or to feel melancholy or depressed. Many times, as we negotiate these challenging situations, ingrained patterns from the past come back into play and we find ourselves stuck in uncomfortable patterns that we aren't sure how to interrupt. In these instances, one of the best investments that can be made is to employ the help of a well trained, compassionate professional to work with us to help us find our own answers. I am trained as both a counselor and a coach, and I utilize strategies from both disciplines to inform my work with my clients. I believe that both coaching and counseling are a collaboration between the therapist and the client, working towards goals that you have chosen in order to find a sense of greater well-being and resilience. I use an eclectic, integrative approach, relying heavily on strategies that have come from current brain research, neurobiology and from eastern philosophies, as well as from more traditional western psychological traditions.