My Approach to Helping
I’m a professional therapist with 32 years of experience helping children, adolescents, adults, and elders. I am confident that I will be able to aid in most issues that I agree to address in therapy.
Most folks that seek professional assistance are afraid. They have a fear of disclosing issues that may be embarrassing, and fear that the professional may think they are worse off than they thought😊
Therapy is practiced with curiosity, acceptance, playfulness, and empathy. It is a gentle process. A professional therapist will never confront you without your permission. You are seeking professional advice. The professional does not take over for you.
My current initial approach is to: 1) learn about your goal for completing therapy, 2) discover personal strengths you may be ready to apply, 3) find out more about your natural reluctance to meet your goal, and 4) examine any worries you may have about meeting your goal that may have their origin in emotional reasoning. From there it is much easier to develop a realistic action plan for meeting your goal. This initial approach is informed by current theory in Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Immunity to Change.
A final approach is to match your remaining needs with issue specific therapy. Examples of these therapies could be Cognitive-Behavioral, Mindfulness, Trauma-informed Cognitive Therapy, Family Systems, for instance. There are many more. We will negotiate a best fit for your needs.
A final thought. I have been employed and trained as a Social Worker. As such, I am highly familiar with most income maintenance and mental health resources in the state. I do not overlook survival stresses that you may be bringing to the therapy experience. We all need to feel secure enough in the first place to concentrate on issues that will require more sustained self-examination. We can address first things first as needed.