My Approach to Helping
My work is to meet you in your struggles and hardship and help you process and heal through important conversations. Together, we establish a safe, comfortable space in which those conversations can happen. I value the opportunity to facilitate your healing by respecting your experience and what you need, want, and can share.
For nearly 40 years, I've been a licensed psychologist, practicing psychotherapist, college professor, and author. I've talked to many clients about their lives, thoughts, and experiences - what's been done to them, what they have done, and how they have survived. We've discussed the full range of their feelings, regrets, anxieties, frustrations, and fears, as well as their hopes, successes, and aspirations. We have looked for ways to resolve their personal troubles, support their troubled adult children, and care for their troubled aging parents.
My clients and I work together to find solutions and strategies to resolve your problems in ways that bring you closer to your goals and aspirations. Self-knowledge and understanding can help - sometimes when you know enough about the problem and yourself, the path forward is obvious. Additionally, specific instructions derived from tested strategies can be useful, too. I bring my years of experience, both personal and professional, as well as devotion to training in various methods, to each and every person. Psychotherapy is best with a sustained, cooperative, trusting, and honest relationship.
I've built my practice around psychological science and many decades of experience. I support approaches known as evidence-based treatments because these approaches are backed by empirical evidence and real-world results. These interventions include cognitive-behavioral therapy and other proven approaches. Because many life events aren't easily classified and have not been thoroughly researched, I also rely on my professional knowledge, clinical experience, and the wisdom of the American Psychological Association’s ethical guidelines. If you decide to reach out, it will be useful for us to talk about how we might work together.