My Approach to Helping
I find great meaning in helping people connect with the things that matter most to them and live fuller and more satisfying lives. I provide an accepting and compassionate environment with respect and admiration for individual differences and unique personal histories. I believe in using research-based methods to provide treatments that are known to be effective, and I have great appreciation for the courage it takes to reach out for help when things aren't working.
My approach to counseling is collaborative in nature and is rooted in the newer cognitive behavioral therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which emphasizes reducing the struggle against unwanted or painful thoughts and experiences and living a values-directed life. I enjoy helping people find a sense of meaning in their lives. A wise person once said "If you want to know where your heart is, look to where your mind goes when it wanders." I want to accompany you on that journey of discovery and growth.
I find it very fulfilling to work with couples and am in advanced training for Certification as an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist. A lovely Irish proverb says: "It is in the shelter of each other that people live." We are hard-wired to love and be loved, to connect and be connected. Emotionally Focused Therapy gives us an empirically tested road map to bring couples to a place of healthy interconnection and interdependence. I will help you stop the dance of blame, distancing and mutual hurt. We will focus on the negative cycle that has become your mutual enemy and learn to change the music to a new dance of closeness and connection.