Approach & Philosophy
relational & holistic
I believe that life is a journey and that each person has a unique path to discover -- as sojourners, the relationships we build along the way are a vital part of finding both psychological and emotional health. Likewise, I consider the therapeutic relationship to be an important part of the counseling process.
My primary philosophical approach to counseling is from a holistic perspective, integrating psychology, physiology, and spirituality or mind/emotions, body, and spirit. I seek to treat the whole person and take the time to address all aspects of my clients’ lives in order to promote healing, growth, and transformation. I make it my first priority to listen to each client's individual story and get to know the whole person: Who are you? What brought you here? What has motivated you to seek change and healing? What has meaning for you? As the therapeutic relationship develops, sessions become a time of collaborative and deep exploration.
authentic & meaningful
I draw from several therapeutic models, ranging from a cognitive-behavioral approach -- oriented toward changing maladaptive thought and behavioral patterns; to a deeper psychodynamic focus on uncovering deeply embedded beliefs and values which may be having an impact on the healing process. I am also highly influenced by an existential therapeutic philosophy that focuses on living a fully authentic and meaningful life in the here and now.
As each person and situation are unique, I make every effort to match the counseling approach to the specific needs of my clients.
Furthermore, as the mind and body are intricately connected, I integrate scientifically supported complementary methods that focus on the whole person -- such as various contemplative practices, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques, which are proven to bring a sense of calm and well-being to both mind and body.
I believe that we are all spiritual beings and that finding purpose and meaning along life’s journey is important. In my work as a therapist, I am influenced by both psychological theory and, as a follower of Jesus Christ, a deep faith in God. At the same time, I have the utmost respect for the individual spiritual paths and faith traditions of all my clients and seek to honor this in therapy.
As a counselor, I welcome open dialogue, and if you have any questions or would like to explore further my approach to therapy, please just ask.
Suffering ceases to be suffering
at the moment it finds a meaning.
- Viktor Frankl
As needed, I may refer clients to other community healthcare professionals such as psychiatrists, dietitians, physicians, and naturopathic doctors on cases that require a multidisciplinary approach.