My approach to counseling is interactive in style and based on the empathic response model, which emphasizes the importance of understanding and coming to terms with feelings.
My philosophy of counseling is based on the belief that the client possesses the power to change, and that it is my role to help the client become aware of how to understand and
utilize that power. I also employ techniques of cognitive-behavioral counseling, which may empower you to challenge your internal thinking process to motivate positive change
in your life. This is a philosophy of empowerment---it accepts the client as the driving force in change. I believe this approach brings about effective long-term results, for the
reason that you may discover how to utilize your own inner strengths and gifts rather than having to rely on someone else for solutions to life's difficult issues.
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
It is important for a client to be aware of and accept his/her feelings moment to moment without harsh judgment and a desire to push these feelings away. Recognizing faulty cognitions
(intrusive thoughts) and being able to observe your thoughts is known as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). This emphasizing a focus on being present without excessive anxiety
about the future or negative ruminations of the past. By keeping yourself presently focused you can alleviate symptoms of moodiness, inattention, and even harsh physical ailments relating
to various medical diseases.
My counseling approach encourages clients to seek freedom from excessive negative thinking patterns, which may cause symptoms relating to anxiety and depression.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)
Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is a therapeutic technique involving deep breathing, soothing music and a series of flexing and relaxing various muscle groups. One can reduce anxiety
by learning how to relax the muscular tension accumulated through living a high-stress lifestyle. This technique is a valuable tool in treating symptoms of panic, anxiety, and depression.
Cognitive therapy is an evidence based counseling style that helps clients become aware of patterns of thinking that are dysfunctional. In counseling we start to explore some of these
faulty assumptions and utilize logic and reasoning to start to develop replacement thoughts that could ultimately change behaviors and alleviate distressing feelings.
You deserve a chance to allow yourself to be happy and feel good about life. Send me an email for an appointment.