My Approach to Helping
You are likely seeking shalom, a peaceful contentment and a steady realization of grace giving abundance that overflows into all relationships and areas of your life. This means being more fully and truly at-ease with your self and your relations with other people. Being at-ease creates freedom to express one's thoughts and feelings without fear or anxiety, and to listen to others with a respectful confidence in graceful dialogue.
When an individual, a couple, or a family is seeking professional help with personal problems, the process will be enhanced by learning and practicing to be more at ease and able to think, speak, and act in a graceful and effective manner. Once this is experienced in the context of a counseling session, the individual and family members can apply more thoughtful insight to patterns of symptoms (for example anxiety, depression, addictive behaviors) and demonstrate more efficacy in all relationships.
More Info About My Practice
My prior career experience in human resources management (25 years) provides a unique combination with clinical training to help people manage a career search, transition, or crisis (such as sudden termination or emotionally toxic work conditions).
As an Approved Clinical Supervisor in Maryland, I can provide clinical supervision for LGPC level therapists on an individual, group, or video conference call basis.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
My training and experience in a family systems approach to relationship difficulties has enhanced my skills in helping couples, parents, and families with children reduce and resolve conflicts. I help couples learn to use "Imago" techniques to communicate with more candor, grace, and accuracy, asking for and granting what each person needs to maintain a calm, caring and healthy relationship.
By learning more effective communication techniques, members of a family, including parents, children, and youth, can decrease their levels of collective anxiety, feel more secure with each person's role and emotional boundary, and practice new behaviors of cooperation and effective support.
In my counseling practice, I strive to help people discover and apply this quality of at-ease-ness as an essential foundation to emotional health and well being.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
The purpose of psychotherapy is to understand how your thoughts, life experiences, personal circumstances, and significant relationships influence your emotions and behavior, and to learn and practice more effective ways of managing your response to all of these factors.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Finding and developing a strong therapeutic alliance with a competent professional counselor is an important gateway to emotional growth and healing. You know you have this alliance when you are able to express thoughts and feelings with a sense of freedom, validation, and mutual respect, confident that your counselor understands, empathizes, and is able to coach you towards accomplishing what is important to you.