My Counseling Approach
My counseling approach is best described as eclectic, meaning that I use concepts and techniques from different theories depending on the needs of each client. Primarily, I rely on concepts from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy and Systems Theory. Other theories from which I often draw techniques include Solution-Focused Therapy, Impact Therapy and Mindfulness.
While some clients prefer a traditional talk approach, other clients find it helpful to include more creative techniques (such as art, play, sandplay and poetry) in the therapy process. Thus, I often blend Expressive Arts Therapy with traditional talk therapy when appropriate.
Play Therapy serves as the primary treatment for children. In working with parents, I often refer to Positive Parenting with a Plan: F.A.M.I.L.Y. Rules.
While the approach may vary, I keep certain elements of therapy consistent from client to client.
I always strive to be non-judgmental, genuine and fully present in my sessions while providing a safe and supportive place in which clients can feel free to tell their story and pursue the work needed to be done to reach their goals.
Although the specific concern will vary, the goal of counseling will always be to bring about positive change. To help facilitate change, my goal is to promote self-discovery, provide education, introduce new skills and assist the client in replacing negative patterns of thinking and behaving. While therapy can, at times, be difficult and even painful, it can also be a fun and enjoyable experience. Sometimes a good laugh is indeed the best medicine, and I value its help in the process of healing.
I keep information that clients share with me confidential with only a few exceptions. These include when there is a threat of harm to yourself or others, when abuse is suspected, when I have been court-ordered and when you provide written permission for me to release information. I strictly adhere to all ACA (American Counseling Association) and HIPPA (Health Insurance Privacy and Portability Act) guidelines.
For more information on practice policies, see my Professional Disclosure Statement
If you have any questions about my counseling approach, please don't hesitate to ask.
"The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time."
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."
Henry David Thoreau