Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
I love integrating all aspects of a person’s being into the work I do as a client centered therapist.
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My passion is to help people strengthen their connection to the life they want. Sometimes negative religious or spiritual experiences get in the way of having this life, and sometimes not being able to integrate powerful positive spiritual experiences can also get in the way of having this life; a life where a person wants to get up each day with a sense of hope and vigor. To do this, I bring as needed the various aspects of my and the client's life and training to support them in this endeavor. One of the first things a new client can expect from me is a collaborative approach to creating a plan of action that will be used in support of helping the person get where they want to be. I use a variety of client centered treatment methods, and work hard to tailor treatment to each client’s particular needs. Working from a mind-body-spirit perspective, my idea of fun is to use a variety of eclectic approaches that will help the person get to where they want to be. These approaches include energy psychology (EFT Tapping is one form), Dialectical Behavior Therapy, attachment based therapy, depth psychology, and family systems therapy. My style is very interactive and I am unabashedly warm. I believe in my clients even when they find it challenging to believe in themselves.
Client centered, collaborative, creative. Client centered - this approach requires the client to take an active role in his or her treatment, and rests on three central tenants for the therapist: unconditional positive regard for the client, genuineness, and accurate empathy. Collaborative and creative — The client and I collaborate on their care, and I work at bringing all of the knowledge that me and my client have to bear on their own situation.
A client can expect to have a sense that I am working to get to know and understand them. I am also happy to answer any questions they may have about the therapy process. I'll spend a few minutes going over administrative and housekeeping items, and I may also ask more questions about the questionnaire they submitted prior to their first session. My goal in the first session is to get a sense of how we will work together, and how I can best support the client and help them reach their goals.
After a few chance encounters where I found it to be such a privilege and honor to be present and listen to others, it finally “hit” me one evening that I could do this work professionally. That, along with having a dear friend who introduced me to energy psychology back around 2004, are what inspired me to go back to school and become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.