As a clinician, I utilize a strengths-based approach that focuses on each client's individual strengths and positive qualities rather than their weaknesses or flaws. This collaborative process is intended to establish a positive mindset, helping each individual build on his or her best qualities so that resilience, confidence and self-view is improved. The goal of this approach is for each individual to recognize that he or she already possesses the strength and skills to survive, and these same strengths and skills can be used to face difficult situations across multiple life domains. Strengths-based practice is a successful intervention for children, adults, couples, and families alike.
Also known as talk therapy, psychotherapy is an important part of treatment. Engaging can help you to identify problems, cope with associated feelings, change undesirable behaviors, improve relationships, and adjust thinking patterns that may be contributing towards your negative symptoms. As your therapist, my role is to offer assistance as you identify your challenges, set attainable goals, and recognize your strengths throughout the therapeutic process. I will provide you with the support and tools necessary to make the changes you choose. Our goal, in working together, is to create the space for insight, growth, and personal fulfillment, ultimately helping you to realize your full potential in every capacity of your life.
This process is unique to each client and is based on your life experience, personal stressors, desires, and goals. You can expect the psychotherapeutic process to include assessment of your current situation, directed goal setting and an ongoing reassessment of progress and goal attainment. Work is often suggested for outside of therapeutic sessions, and it often involves tasks such as journaling, rehearsing new skills, practicing coping strategies, and restructuring destructive thought processes.
Talk therapy can be brief or long-term, and is focused on your current thoughts, feelings and situation. This present-focused modality can help clients, like yourself, to cope with some, or many, of the following issues:
Understanding medical or mental health diagnoses
Wellness goal setting and attainment
Overcoming fears, anxieties, or insecurities
Coping with stress and other adjustment issues
Improving relationships with family and friends
Identifying triggers that lead to negative thoughts/behaviors
Developing a plan for coping with crises
HOME BASED THERAPY
For individuals/families, particularly those with young children, it is often beneficial for counseling services to take place in a more familiar setting, namely one's own home. This type of therapy allows for direct observation of interactions between all family members as they occur naturally. Home based therapy allows individuals to be more relaxed, offering deeper insight into daily practices which can be effective when teaching skills used at home. Home-based therapy can increase the chances that all family members will attend and participate in sessions, ultimately impacting the treatment process in a positive way.
For individuals who do not want to meet in a traditional office setting, I offer telephone and video counseling by appointment.