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Therapeutic Orientation

Client Centered Therapy

Client Centered Therapy beautifully focuses on genuineness, unconditional positive regard, congruence, and accurate empathy. I believe that a counselor needs to demonstrate these skills so that a client can establish a good therapeutic foundation. A therapeutic relationship helps clients engage in therapy in meaningful ways. Clients often describe therapy as satisfying and relieving as they gain new knowledge of how their own thought patterns and how these thoughts have contributed to unsatisfactory affect. Many clients have found therapy as empowering, due to the replacement of healthy and appropriate thoughts with what was at one time self- defeating thoughts. Most people are unaware of how sophisticated the human brain can be, yet at the same time how simple and easy change occurs with just the slightest bit of effort and will. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the very first type of therapy I learned in school. This therapy is world renowned as evidence based and can be used in countless ways. I enjoy creating tailored treatment plans that are measurable, I design my treatment plans in such a manner that it will address any specific thoughts and behaviors directly related to your distress. This therapy is fruitful and rewarding once cognitive restructuring is achieved, you will without a doubt notice positive change and growth at this stage in therapy. 

Solution Focused Therapy

Solution Focused Therapy is designed to empowered clients through exploring a series of intentional questions and hypotheticals that are present and future oriented. Solution Focused Therapy often underscores an agent of hope and motivation for the present moment.  I have had many client report peace throughout therapy after exploring ideas of how life might be in the near future, absent of any given cause of distress.

My Philosophy

I began my career in the medical field as a Certified Nurse Assistant, as time went on I sat beside the bedside of many patients suffering and approaching death. As time went on, I realized that many of these patients desired to share the wisdom they acquired throughout their life! I also realized that these patients were profound in their wisdom when viewed as valuable people, and not necessarily a burden on society. I have noticed that most clients are very receptive and comfortable to this type of philosophy in therapy. That is, I as a therapist believe my clients have wisdom and knowledge about life they desperately want to share and explore. It is my job as a therapist to introduce and maintain this type of environment at all times. Through my education and training I enjoy balancing a variety of evidence- based techniques in a positive and productive light. 

Some therapies I have experience with include: 

Solution Focused Therapy

Gestalt Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Mindfulness Based Interventions

Existential Therapy

Throughout therapy I will often research current publications located in reputable journals that relate to your specific situation. Many of my clients enjoy hearing some of the discoveries reported in current literature, and at times would like to try a similar intervention described in studies. The mental health field is rapidly changing, exciting new advancements  are discovered each year throughout psychiatry, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience!

I have experience in the following areas:
                                                 Grief and Loss
                                                 Substance Abuse
                                                 Conflict Management
                                                 Conflict Resolution
                                                 Stress Management
My Approach
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