My Approach to Helping
I believe my clients are the experts on their own lives and that my job is to walk with them on the journey of discovering the truth about themselves. I liken counseling to helping someone whose wagon wheels have gotten stuck in a ditch; there are times in all our lives when we need someone to help us repair the wheels, get unstuck, and keep moving forward. It is a privilege to be that person for my clients.
More Info About My Practice
I use a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy--both with an emphasis on mindfulness and staying engaged in the present moment. That said, I do not take a "one size fits all" approach to counseling. I am somewhat eclectic in that I try to apply the right interventions at the right time for what my clients need.
My Role as a Therapist
My role as a therapist is to listen carefully not only to what is being said but also to what is NOT being said. I pay attention to patterns, try to ask insightful questions, and seek to maintain a supportive and nonjudgmental stance. I view therapy as a collaborative process--I am not the expert on my clients' lives. They are the experts, and I try to always respect their autonomy while at the same time being actively engaged in helping them process their past, manage their present, and develop hope for their future.