My Approach to Helping
If you feel stuck, you have an opportunity to growth. Whether those stuck feelings manifest as conflict with loved ones, career challenges, financial issues, or addictions, your challenges are only on the surface, and they provide a map to a better life. Life's patterns can repeat over and over, in the form of relationship problems, long-standing habits, and patterns of suffering. These patterns can feel devastating, but everyone's life has a purpose. Your purpose is to heal yourself and nurture your true potential.
I offer families, couples, and individuals healing opportunities using a variety of traditional and holistic approaches to therapy. In couples and relationship counseling, I use Imago couples counseling, as well as heart-centered hypnotherapy for healing the source of a range of issues and addressing unhealthy thinking that leads to drama and turmoil.
Do not let fear steal away your opportunity. Therapy is challenging. Every person who enters my office is a healing gift to me, as a I continue this special work in my own life, as well as the lives of my clients.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
In my experience, psychotherapy has developed and transformed in direct relation to my own personal growth and experiences. Initially, therapy was a practical conduit for the sole purpose of removing symptoms or problems. In many ways the practical aspect of psychotherapy remains, yet being open to the possibility of long term change requires a recognition of patterns, both healthy and unhealthy, over a life time. As human beings, we encounter our imprinted core issues over and over again often starting at birth. These encounters may be reactions to trauma or compulsive behaviors. When we are mature enough to really examine these patterns which include thoughts, emotions and behaviors, our lives appear to take on the appearance of a script from a movie. Some of these stories more severe than others, but always having the main character end up in the same circumstance, relationship, feeling etc. This can leave a person feeling empty, unfulfilled or stuck. As we mature emotionally or spiritually, the time it takes to recognize and let go of the "trigger" events in the story decreases until finally the "reaction" to the original trauma ceases altogether. Psychotherapy takes on the capacity for a true corrective experience which allows for new stories to take place in whatever genre one could imagine such as relationships, work, money, health, spiritual growth, or joy.