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.
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.
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 as well as, gestalt therapy, which focus 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. While I have personally been influenced by both psychological theory and a deep faith in God, 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.