As a Licensed Professional Counselor, my training and philosophy is different from that of psychologists and social workers. Whereas a psychologist often follows a medical model of primarily diagnosing and treating a “disorder,” and a social worker focuses on contextual factors and systems to engage in support of a client, a professional counselor’s role is to facilitate clients’ self-understanding and self-empowerment to help them make changes in their lives.
My role as a counselor begins with establishing a safe, supportive and trusting relationship wherein a client feels accepted and understood. I have found that when clients perceive they are not being judged, they are more open to growth and self-discovery. I believe that a respectful and honest relationship between counselor and client forms the basis for effecting lasting change.
Our work together will not only be about offering you acceptance and validation – I will push you to reach realistic goals. Through exploration and self-understanding and the discovery of smart strategies, you will find the strength and courage to begin to make the changes you truly want to make.
I believe therapy should focus on goals and outcomes, and that individuals should be able to graduate from it and move on. I will help you face your fears, calm your anxieties and achieve your life goals quickly. I want to help you feel better….as well as change your life.
Areas of Focus
Most of my counseling clients are seeking therapeutic help for issues related to their relationships, parenting or their own ability to manage stress and anxiety. Many people seek my help when they are feeling:
- Stuck in unfulfilling jobs or relationships
- Difficulty communicating with their significant others
- In need of guidance on parenting
- Deciding whether to stay or go
- Unable to devise or implement a plan to reach their goals
- Afraid of change
- Low self-esteem
For those of you interested in my theoretical orientation as a counselor, I use a Person-Centered approach to counseling. In this type of therapy, the therapist provides guidance and structure, so that the client can discover the solutions within themselves, using the techniques and strategies taught by the therapist. The therapist provides unconditional acceptance and support to the client so that they can comfortably and confidently move forward on their journey of self-discovery.
I also use elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) in devising strategies to help clients reach their goals. CBT techniques help individuals challenge their beliefs and replace errors in thinking with more realistic and effective thoughts. SFBT is goal-directed and focuses on clarifying solutions and means of achieving them, rather than on problems.