The relationship between the counselor and the client is crucial to the outcome of therapy. First and foremost, the relationship should be characterized by trust and mutual respect while also emphasizing joint responsibility and equality. It is human nature to want to feel loved, accepted, and understood and therefore my approach emphasizes genuineness, unconditional positive regard, and empathy in the counseling relationship. My goal is that counseling is a place where you feel safe, heard, and validated as you learn new skills, gain new insight, and are empowered to make lasting changes.
I believe biological predispositions, early developmental experiences, and current life situations all play a role in our story. I see the importance of how early experiences can shape perception and reality, and at the same time I also strongly believe in the power each individual, couple, or family has to make new choices and to create new options in life. Guiding clients to identify resources, strengths, and support systems in their lives is a way to empower them and instill hope. I help clients to identify areas in their life that they have control and then assist them in implementing skills to deal with problems more productively.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is a popular counseling modality. It is valuable because of the emphasis on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behavior. People's thoughts about and perceptions toward life experiences greatly impact how people behave and ultimately feel. Becoming aware of thoughts, and then learning how to change thoughts, is a powerful skill that will have a huge impact on how people feel.
I look forward to working together to create a treatment plan that addresses each clients unique strengths and goals.