Counseling Approach

negative-family-dynamicsIn working with clients, I take an approach that draws heavily on three theoretical traditions: psychodynamic counseling, which focuses on understanding the links between past experiences and current problems; cognitive behavioral therapy, which emphasizes changing the patterns of thinking or belief that fuel self-defeating behaviors and emotional distress; and the family systems model, which helps young people and parents reduce conflict while improving their insight into the unnoticed patterns that influence their relationships, communications, roles, and rules. I focus much of my work on the healing power of attachment, the fundamentally important bond between parent and child.

Helping Children Manage

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Impulsive Behavior
  • Mood Difficulties
  • School Problems
  • Adjustment Issues

The Counseling Relationship

Although method matters, the most important factor in counseling success is the counseling relationship, the one between you and me. I want you to have a place where you can experience the freedom to be yourself without feeling judged, the trust to share your thoughts and emotions openly and honestly, the assurance that what you say will be kept confidential, and the comfort to laugh out loud. Although I may encourage you to challenge your thinking and take emotional risks, it will be at your own pace and in your own time. My role is to serve as companion and guide, acting always with utmost respect for your privacy, safety, intelligence, and intuition.

I like this approach because it stands on a solid foundation of theory and research. But I like it even more because, again and again, I have seen it produce positive outcomes. I believe that for most young people and their parents, it has the best potential to help them accomplish what counseling is all about: solving problems, finding hope, and changing life for the better.