My Approach to Helping
From our initial contact, the referral person(s) and I begin the assessment process. That is, we set about to determine what issues need attention, and if and how to proceed. This process gives the person(s) an opportunity to determine whether we are relatively comfortable working together. It gives the person(s) an opportunity to determine whether the assessment/approach makes sense, and whether they have beginning confidence in my competence. I believe that trust, a sense of safety, and mutual respect are vital parts of the helping relationship.
I have been practicing counseling/psychotherapy with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples for 35-plus years. I am affiliated with "Our Counseling Office" associates. I have been adjunct professor and supervised at several universities (including NAU for 12 years), and have consulted to numerous institutions and individuals throughout my career
I have a Ph.D. in psychology (Loyola Univ.) and an MSW (Univ. of Pennsylvania). I am a graduate of the Chicago Institute (4yrs.) and did extensive work at the (Chicago) Family Institute.