My Approach to Helping
Nature of Counseling: The most successful therapies adapt to the strengths of the individual therapist, but also to each client. All services that are provided emphasize client strengths and abilities. Goals of counseling may include assistance with decision-making, increasing symptom management, working with grief and loss, increasing self-esteem, improving communication and relationships, and developing strategies to improve daily functioning. Our approach will include life skills development; discussion of feelings andor problemsconcerns; and experiments with alternative modes of thinking, feeling, and acting. Common benefits include improvements in self-awareness, self-esteem, self-confidence, hope, relationships with others, and taking an active and responsible role in one’s life. I use a holistic approach to counseling that takes into account your biological, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions. I strive to establish and maintain a relationship with you, the client, which is characterized by equality and cooperation. Therapy provides the opportunity for growth, self-discovery and insight in the context of a safe, supportive environment. Each client is unique and presents with his or her own counseling needs and concerns. For this reason, there is no one approach that may work best for everyone. With this principle in mind, I utilize integrative models involving insight oriented, cognitive-behavioral, developmental, solution-focused, and mind-body-spirit models. I may occasionally request that you do “homework” by way of providing you with further reinforcement to concepts discussed in session or simply to prompt further insight and self- exploration.