My Approach to Helping
For more than 30 years I've been a practicing psychotherapist, college professor, and licensed psychologist. I've talked to many clients about their lives, experiences, and what's been done to them. We've discussed the things they've done and felt, their regrets, anxieties, frustrations, and fears, as well as their hopes, successes, failures, losses, and illnesses.
We have looked for ways to help troubled adult children, and troubled aging parents. My clients and I work together to find solutions and strategies that bring them closer to their goals and aspirations. Self-knowledge and understanding can help, but specific instructions derived from well-constructed and tested protocols can be useful, too.
I practice psychotherapy as our collaboration to clarify goals, what you need from psychotherapy, and develop 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 about a cooperative, trusting, and honest relationship. I support the policy statement by titled The Elements of Good Therapy.