Therapy Approach

Everyone has beliefs and patterns that form the lens through which they see life.   In the therapy process we will work collaboratively to identify where these may be unhealthy or causing you to get stuck.

I approach this process from the viewpoint that the client is the best expert on his or her own situation–I bring the expertise of tools, broader perspectives, and healthy practices to apply to your situation.  I listen, ask questions, then share tips, examples, and exercises as appropriate.  I encourage my clients to let me know if what we are doing is not working.  A conversation about your needs is far more helpful to the process than my trying to guess!

Typical theoretical approaches include tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and person-centered therapy, Gottman’s relationship theories, the Knowdell Career Model, and others.  I also pull in books and resources that apply to the client’s individual situation.

Counseling and Your Personal Faith

I believe that spiritual issues come into play frequently in the counseling room.  My education included specific training on integrating Christian faith and practice into counseling and additionally focused on learning how to understand the faith journey of individuals from many forms of Christian practice and those who come from different faiths.  My priority with all clients is to understand the your faith and to meet you where you are spiritually.  I have worked with clients from a variety of backgrounds and faiths and would be happy to address any questions or concerns that you may have on this subject.