My Approach to Helping
Something in your life has led you to search for a resource to help you find the answers and develop the skills to alleviate your distress. My style is warm, real, and practical. I embrace humor and honesty in therapy. I balance helping you gain a greater understanding of yourself with taking action, supporting your every step. I strive to provide the best services possible by helping you to feel deeply understood by considering all the aspects of your unique story. I use therapeutic techniques to work with individuals, couples, and families that have been shown by research to be effective.
The framework that I use is ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy). One of the main goals of ACT stated by Dr. S. Hayes is "changing our relationship to our thoughts and emotions, rather than changing their content, is the key to healing and realizing our true potential.” The Gottmans’ principles of marriage counseling influence much of my work with couples. I have adapted these two models into almost all of my work as a therapist.
For the past seven years, I have worked as a military and family life counselor providing non-medical counseling, psychoeducational, and coaching to service members and their dependents. For the past four years, I have worked in Africa, Poland, Germany, and England providing services to deployed military personnel.
My life is full of experiences that inform my work as a therapist – my father’s death when I was six years old, a blended family, divorce, and now almost 30 years into a marriage with a wonderful partner. I started working as a marriage and family therapist in 1976 but left the profession and spent twenty years in international business development. I returned to the profession about nine years ago. It's such an honor to explore and guide others as we sort through their lives seeking relief and direction.