I take a counseling approach that draws heavily on three theoretical traditions: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which emphasizes changing the patterns of thought that lead to self-defeating behaviors and emotional distress; the Family Systems approach, which leads families do a deeper awareness of the unseen patterns that impair their interactions; and Psychodynamic counseling, which focuses on understanding the links between past experiences and current concerns.
The most powerful influences on my work have been Attachment Theory and the growing body of neuroscientific research that demonstrates its validity. The Attachment model explains how our early childhood relationships with our parents exert a profound, long-term influence on the ways we view our world, ourselves, and our relationships in the here and now.
The Counseling Connection
Although theory matters, the most important factor in counseling success is the therapeutic relationship, the one between me and you. I want you to have a place where you can experience the freedom to be yourself without fear of judgment; the trust to share your thoughts and emotions openly and honestly; the confidence to take on the difficult work of inner change; and the assurance of my utmost respect for your intuition, intelligence, and judgment. Although I may encourage you to challenge your own thinking and take emotional risks, it will be at your own pace and in your own way.
I believe in this approach because it stands on a solid foundation of theory and research. And I believe that for most people it offers the best potential to accomplish what counseling is all about: understanding self, solving problems, finding hope, and changing life for the better.