My philosophy and approach to counseling

  1. I do not view people as sick. Very few people who come in for counseling have an actual mental illness. Most people are struggling with the very real problems of an imperfect world and real life stress. They are coping in ways they have learned as children, which are no longer working for them.
  2. Adults and children are by nature resilient and adaptive. Given the right guidance and information they can solve problems by making changes to their own behavior. Unhealthy patterns can be broken with encouragement and the practice of new behaviors.
  3. It is important to respect the journey of every soul and every human being's ability to create the life they choose. I don't believe in making anybody dependent on me by making decisions for them. You will always have the reins, deciding what you want to change and how.
  4. I believe in a counseling model that is very humanistic and supportive. At the same time I like to help people get to the root of their problems, see how they developed and what the options are for change. I am a guide, and the client is the force of change.
  5. It is very important to help clients explore their beliefs about themselves and the world. Often faulty beliefs are the basis of unhealthy behaviors that keep us stuck in unhealthy patterns. Just because we were told something or it was implied when we were children does not mean it is true.
  6. I have been counseling adults and children for 20 years now. I have worked in many clinics and in a hospital emergency room as a crisis counselor. I was a consultant to ER physicians for over 7 years. No problem is too great or too unique to be addressed. If I can't help you, I will try to refer you to somebody who can.