Philosophy and Approach to Therapy
I believe life provides us the opportunity for growth and healing
rather than being overcome by life’s challenges and difficulties. In
order to experience growth, it takes a commitment to do hard work.
If you choose to embark upon this kind of journey, it is vitally
necessary to have support.
I work with you to clarify the problems you are facing. You are
encouraged to build upon your strengths and core values/beliefs. We
seek together to understand the connection between your feelings,
thoughts and relational/family history. Depending upon the
situation, we also look at factors such as gender, age, ethnicity and
cultural influences along with societal norms.
Theoretically, I draw from a number of modalities including
behavioral and cognitive theories, grief orientation, family theory,
Jungian theory, Gestalt theory, mindfulness, relationship theory,
creative therapy and spirituality.
The environment in which a person seeks to talk about some of the
deepest and most meaningful things in life should be a place where
they are comfortable and safe. I provide a private setting in a rural
area that puts my clients at ease as they are surrounded by nature.
The therapeutic relationship is of the utmost importance. This
relationship is built on the concept of confidentiality, a non-
judgmental attitude by me, understanding, empathy and
acceptance. I recognize strengths and weaknesses as well as the light
and the darkness of the human experience. Sometimes the
unspeakable is able to be voiced to another human being and I am
privileged to try to provide that for you. You are supported in
centering on yourself in order to explore feelings, beliefs, needs and
possibilities for growth and healing. The therapeutic relationship is
not a friendship. Strong boundaries are maintained in order for the
client to remain the focus of the therapeutic relationship.