Counseling Approach

Sometimes life brings us periods of confusion, conflict, or loss. Even when we’re doing the best we can, we may find ourselves in a struggle, uncertain of what to do to improve our situation.

It is during those difficult times that talking to a trained counselor can ease stress and create new options that can lead to dramatic solutions.

I have found that people simply want to enjoy their lives and their relationships; to understand themselves and others and to find meaning and joy in life and work. I am convinced that every individual has the strength and personal power to create healthy relationships. I furnish an authentic therapeutic atmosphere of caring and trust where the client is able to identify those strengths in him or herself and begin the work of change, growth and health.

My approach in the counseling setting is collaborative, working with the client(s) in a healing partnership, enabling them to set their own goals and providing tools to meet those goals. Counseling tools are varied: customized to fit the client's needs and the treatment plan of therapy. I work from a 'systems perspective,' which means that individuals affect and are affected by their families of origin, their social network and culture, their spirituality or religious preference, education, and personal experiences. My clinical approach is structural (boundaries and roles), contextual (why we act the way we do in certain situations), and existential (freedom, identity, and meaning in life).

Counseling is a fluid, changing process. As people change for the better, goals may need to be adjusted. After six sessions of work, I check in with my clients to make certain we are on an effective path. Periodically, the client and I reassess the direction of counseling to determine whether we are meeting the client's needs.