Individual Therapy / Counseling
I employ a Person-Centered Approach to counseling. The
technique assumes all individuals have the innate, natural motivation toward personal growth, and a capacity for self-direction.
I believe that in order to make therapeutic gains, a warm, empathic relationship must be established, whereby individuals feel free to express their feelings without judgment, and feel accepted and understood; that this therapeutic environment creates the energy for self-directed change and self-actualization (becoming your optimal you). This is my foundation for successful therapy.
I am inspired by the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology, which (among other things) links the latest brain science with psychology. With better technology we've been able to confirm that therapy does in fact change the brain and that it is never too late to grow and develop.
Through examination of your past experiences and present thoughts and feelings, new insights are developed which will allow you to live with a greater sense of understanding and intention.
As part of my practice I teach Mindfulness Techniques, to assist in this endeavor.
I incorporate concepts of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) into my practice. CBT is used to assist individuals in discovering their unhelpful, automatic thoughts, and teaching them to challenge the thoughts
and negative core beliefs about themselves so that they can experience greater emotional health and symptom relief from presenting issues.
If you change the way you think, you can change the way you feel.
The behavioral aspect of the model involves measuring and strategically targeting specific behavioral changes.
My approach is integrative and interventions are tailored to fit with both your needs and your personality. Since no two people are the same, my approach varies; however, I do maintain a holistic position, as our minds, bodies and spirits must all be nurtured in order to sustain deep and meaningful growth.
"We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves" ~ Dalai Lama