My approach to counseling is meant to be practical and tailored toward your unique life and goals. Basically, counseling sessions involve three major things: 1) talking openly with a trained helper, 2) getting a better understanding of what is happening in your life, and 3) making changes to improve them. The form those things take is different for everyone based on what is bringing you in and what is helpful for you.
I refer to myself as an “integrative” therapist, because I incorporate a wide range of ideas, methods, and perspectives into helping people. Beyond the major psychology research threads, I also keep up with what is happening in social, cognitive, and developmental psychology, neuroscience, psychiatry, and a variety of other disciplines and areas. My hope is that I can translate all of this information into things that will be beneficial for you.
I also work to stay attuned to the cutting edge of what works in counseling. At the current time, some of those things are a) building on what is going right in your life rather than only managing symptoms, b) taking an individual approach rather than using a cookie-cutter set of methods, and c) maintaining a broad view of health, rather than applying labels that are limiting and incomplete.
I provide counseling for individual adults and older teens (18+), as well as couples. The things that bring people into my office span a wide range. Some people are functioning really well in their lives and like having a place to process things with someone who is objective and understands them. Others are in greater need from more serious relationship problems, anxiety, depression, anger, substance use, and other difficult situations.
If you are new to counseling and want to read more about how to pick the right person for you, and also how to make sure it works, check out the Client’s Guide to Counseling on the Welcome page. Otherwise, click below to read more details about counseling for individuals and couples. If you’d like to get more of a sense of what it’d be like to work with me, check out the Self-Help section and see if any of it seems helpful, and feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions.