My Approach to Helping
For nearly 40 years, (I was awarded the Ph.D. when I was 27) I've been a licensed psychologist, practicing psychotherapist, college professor, and author. I've talked to many clients about their lives, experiences, what's been done to them and what they hav done. We've discussed the full range of their feelings, their regrets, anxieties, frustrations, and fears, as well as their hopes, successes, failures, losses, and illnesses.
We have looked for ways to help their personal troubles, their troubled adult children, and troubled aging parents. My clients and I work together to find solutions and strategies to resolve their problems in ways that bring them closer to their goals and aspirations. Self-knowledge and understanding can help, and specific instructions derived from well-constructed and tested protocols can be useful, too.
I practice psychotherapy as our collaboration to clarify goals, discovering what you need from psychotherapy, and developing the steps to achieve those goals. 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 and clinical experience. Psychotherapy is sustaining a cooperative, trusting, and honest relationship.
I support the policy statement of Goodtherapy.org , The Elements of Good Therapy.