My Approach to Helping
I believe that people seek psychotherapy when they encounter one or more challenges which they feel unable to successfully cope with on their own, or else they are seeking a deeper understanding of themselves.
My approach involves the provision of a safe and supportive relationship and then use of a
flexible integration of cognitive-behavioral, problem-solving and insight-oriented strategies. We will examine the way you are now, the factors that led to your current way of being and the changes you would like to make for living in the future. As a scaffolding I utilize ideas which I discussed in a book I authored, Change: Models and Processes, which describes a number of concepts I feel are relevant to the process of change, whether it occurs external to, or within, the person and whether treatment involves you individually or working with you and a relationship partner.
A central framework of my approach involves the idea that human change occurs in a gradient fashion, i.e., gradually, or else in a non-gradient way, i.e., in a rapid or extreme manner. I had also posed the question to myself as to what allows people to actually change. My answer was a concept I labeled "existential choice," the profound decision and commitment a person makes to change one or more aspects of her or his life or behavior.
I will listen very carefully to what you share to help you gain new perspectives on the things that have led you to be the way you are now and how you can become the person you want to be in the future, individually or with a partner. And while what we discuss within sessions will be very important we will also think of steps you can take in between meetings as part of the process of change. Finally, aside from your having the courage to make changes in your way of being in the world we will attempt to determine how to help you sustain the changes that you make.