- Academic Underachievement
- Adolescent Issues
- Coping Skills
- Relationship Issues
- Life Coaching
- Self Esteem
- Self Harming
- Substance Use/Abuse
When most people think of therapy, visions of antiquated Freudian Psychoanalysis arise. Lying down on a couch spilling your guts as you stare up at the ceiling, unsure if the therapist is even paying attention to you. The idea of an impersonal, serious, and aloof therapist often prevents individuals from seeking counseling. The truth is that
psychotherapy has evolved into a more dynamic, engaging process whereby the client identifies and leads therapy towards treatment goals (albeit with the guidance of a competent professional). Sometimes, a specific problem initiates the need for counseling, but for other clients, an overall feeling of unhappiness or feeling lost brings them in. My job is to offer objectivity to understanding their current situation and help clients illuminate the connection between their thoughts, behaviors, and mood thereby helping clients gain insight to their lifestyle patterns. From this point, I offer options regarding the best course of action to treat these concerns and the client ultimately chooses the specific method of treatment.
My ideal client would be an individual (adolescent or older) who has decided to make a commitment to work together to achieve his/her goals. The standard course of treatment begins with a rapport-building phase that is followed by a goal setting phase. The change process begins with the work (both in and outside of the office) to achieve these goals. Once the client feels their goals have been reached, service is usually terminated with an evaluation of their progress made and a review of both the client’s inherent strengths and learned skills to utilize during future challenges.
My underlying theoretical approach fosters the strengths-based model with the understanding that every individual has strengths to draw upon even when times are overwhelming or appear too difficult to cope with. Using this approach, psychodynamic and cognitive/behavioral perspectives are easily woven into the process to help clients reach their ultimate goals.
“Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.”