Thank you for considering me as your potential treatment provider! While often rewarding in the end, the therapeutic journey can be a difficult one, and it can be very helpful to have someone support you along the way. If you are motivated to change something in your life, I’d love to offer you a hand as you walk your path!
- Addictions & Compulsive Behaviors
- Anger & Violence
- Grief & Loss
- Life Transitions
Approach and Philosophy:
Below is a brief synopsis of my therapeutic approach and philosophy. For greater detail, please read my additional recommendations here: 4 Steps to Get the Most Out of Your Counseling Experience!
First, I do not hold the view that any of the above-mentioned conditions listed under “specialty areas” are problems in and of themselves. Rather, over the course of my personal and professional journey, I have found that conditions like these are often symptoms of deeper issues not initially recognized by the client.
Often, the ultimate goal of therapy is to “feel” better. There are three primary therapeutic intervention points which may be utilized in order to achieve that goal: cognition (aka thoughts), behaviors (aka actions), and emotions (aka feelings). Or, as a client recently clarified with me: “You mean the head, the feet, and the heart?” Yes, that’s exactly it!
Today, many of the dominate therapeutic strategies used are of a cognitive or cognitive-behavior nature. There is a premise behind these approaches: if a person can identify their irrational or illogical thoughts, and/or change their behavioral responses in certain contexts, they will feel better. And, this can certainly happen; however, I find that for most people, it is nearly impossible to change thoughts and/or behaviors, which are largely influenced by previous traumatic life events, while ignoring or suppressing the related emotional content.
It is for the reasons outlined above that I often see the deeper, more long-term changes in clients resulting from a therapeutic path involving the processing of emotions. I often say: “My job is to provide the safety, and your job is to take the risk.” While it is possible to “think” or “act” your way to feeling different, it is also true that one can “feel” their way into thinking and acting different. Based on thousands of sessions, the latter approach is the one I most often recommend taking.
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