As a professional counselor, I will work collaboratively with you to accomplish your mental health and wellness goals. This involves identifying desired changes, recognizing obstacles interfering with progress, and devising plans to move forward. My aim is to guide you along the path you choose to take, and share skills and knowledge to help you reach your destination. My role as a counselor begins with establishing a safe, supportive and trusting relationship wherein you feel 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.
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. I sometimes employ a coaching approach to my therapy by encouraging, motivating and challenging clients to change by setting specific, measurable goals. This approach includes holding you accountable, and challenging negative self-defeating beliefs and behaviors.