Therapy is a process of exploration in which people increase self-awareness and realize the power they have to make changes in their lives. People enter therapy for a variety of reasons. It can be helpful if you are overwhelmed by life circumstance, struggling to move forward with desired changes, stuck in undesirable behaviors, or having persistent negative feelings. Sometimes people come to therapy because past experiences (e.g., childhood experiences, adult traumas) are impacting their current life in a negative way. The only real requirement is that you have something in your life that you want to change.
In sessions I help clients monitor emotion, thinking, and the behaviors that flow from them. I draw from several modes of therapy, using cognitive, affective, and experiential interventions depending on your personality and the issues being worked on. I also provide EMDR if appropriate. I am far from being a “passive” counselor, but rarely give advice. A wide body of research indicates that the counselor-client relationship is the most important component of effective therapy. To cultivate the relationship I try to create an open, honest, and safe environment by encouraging feedback from clients about their experience in sessions.
Since the counselor-client relationship is such a key to success in therapy, it is important to find a therapist who is a good “fit” for your needs and personality. Thus, I welcome calls from potential clients. I am happy to discuss my philosophy of helping, as well as therapy in general. I look forward to your call.