This, in a nutshell, is what counseling (or therapy, or psychotherapy, or coaching) is all about. It’s a fantastic first step that you’re here, reading this, and considering beginning this process. Some issues that may have brought you here — and that I have over two decades of experience helping clients with — include:
- adjusting to major life transitions
- parenting challenges
- anger expressed inappropriately
- grief and loss
- relationships in conflict
- neglect or lack of self-care
- stress management
- lack of meaning or purpose
- career confusion
- sexual orientation
- gender identity and expression
- social peer group challenges
- shame and guilt
- lack of motivation
- communication breakdown
- endless worry loop
- difficulties trusting or being trusted
My approach in working with clients most closely resembles the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy model (CBT), although I’m very flexible and open, and integrate principles from many other forms of therapy when necessary.
CBT addresses how your thoughts and beliefs direct your behaviors — and works on making changes in behaviors by examining how thoughts are often flawed, false, outdated, or self-sabotaging.
I’m very direct in my communication with clients. I won’t waste your time. We’ll get right to work on identifying changes you’d like to make in your life, and on coming up with a plan for you to achieve your goals. We’ll improve communication skills, if that’s what’s needed. You’ll gain insight into how your past may be affecting your current choices. We’ll talk about what boundaries are and how to set them. You’ll gain expertise in how to “read” interactions with others more effectively, to improve understanding and lessen confusion. . . We will work together to create real, lasting, positive change.