I view the counseling relationship as a partnership as I respect that my clients know themselves best; that they come with their own strengths which can be built upon and; that they have some idea what they wish to accomplish in therapy. I believe that everyone can get stuck at times and find that they need help overcoming obstacles or reducing their emotional distress. Further, my perspective is that seeking help is a sign of strength not weakness. I have found that often the presenting issues of my clients originated in their past experiences and so take a "big picture" approach in considering their issues and needs. I have seen how addressing past experiences can be helpful and provide more long lasting results, however, I always respect my client's right to choose the boundaries of what they wish to address in their treatment. Although using techniques and providing tools can be beneficial to my clients, I know that the most important factor for achieving your goals is the relationship with your therapist and so focus on developing a relationship which is based on trust, respect and compassion.
After an initial assessment, I work with the client to set their goals and individualize my treatment using a variety of therapeutic approaches designed to help them achieve the outcome they desire. These may include:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Trauma Focused Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)