My approach to counseling has been inspired by my own personal experience of awakening. Sharing in the process of another's awakening, growth and healing is my passion. I bring an integral approach to therapy that combines the influence of a broad humanistic-existential base with the techniques of Acceptance Commitment Therapy and the Gotman marriage research curriculum for couples. Underlying any of the techniques I employ is an approach that values authentic communication as the foundation for successful therapy. I strive to develop a genuine relationship with each and every client.
I view therapy as a collaborative process where I act as a guide and facilitator providing you with both new ways of understanding your experience and the necessary tools to grow beyond your current struggles. Together we will identify dysfunctional beliefs and behaviors that act as blocks to your growth and happiness. My goal is to leave you with a greater sense of freedom and empowerment to live fuller and richer lives.
Research has shown that medication is most effective for treating mental health problems when combined with counseling. Most of us simply want our symptoms diagnosed and treated. However, symptoms such as anxiety or depression are often a sign calling us to address something that has gone array so we can fulfill our potential. In our work together we will do more than just address your symptoms; we will explore the context, history, and beliefs that are contributing to your situation.
Although I do not prescribe medication, I am glad to work closely with your doctor to assist you in making appropriate decisions with regard to medication. It is important to disclose any medications that could be affecting your treatment. I recommend educating yourself on whatever medications your doctor has prescribed and the possible side effects involved.