My Approach to Helping
My first focus in counseling is the relationship between myself and you. I employ the Rogerian ideas of unconditional positive regard, empathy, and congruence to help build this relationship. My belief is we all have our own language of emotions and it is incumbent on me to learn your language. Additionally, I have training in and practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness Based CBT. CBT is a method that focuses on dealing with life right here and right now and building skills for the future. Mindfulness Based CBT is founded on the idea of mindfulness from mindfulness meditation and also focuses on being the moment - right here and right now. Too many of us live in either the future or the past and because of this, we miss most of our lives. Learning to live in the moment can be refreshing and healing. I generally add elements of Positive Psychology to my practice of CBT as I have found that building on one's strengths is much more effective than ruminating on one's past. I also employ elements of several other therapeutic theories. When working with addiction issues I employ Motivational Interviewing theory, which again builds on the positive aspects of a person's life.