“Seek first to understand.”

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I’m a licensed professional counselor with experience working with a caring, sensitive approach with clients with anxiety (Panic, OCD, PTSD), depression, identity crises, relationship and marital problems, ADHD, family/child-behavior issues, borderline personality disorder, eating issues, including eating disorders and obesity, trauma due to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and anger management. I am fully trained at the masters and specialist level in psychological approaches that have been shown to be successful forms of treatment.

I am a client-centered therapist. My approach involves providing acceptance and perspective and guiding you to a position in your life that you feel most comfortable, without judgment. I am interactive and hold confidentiality at the utmost importance.

I am a person who will work with you without judgment, provide acceptance and perspective, and care about you and your current situation. I want to earn your trust and provide you with an excellent therapeutic experience that will dramatically improve your quality of life for the rest of your life!

I am trained to approach issues with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy, Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Therapy, and a Humanistic approach. This is a highly effective, eclectic, and scientifically-based orientation which is used in a very compassionate and sensitive manner that my clients appreciate. I have extensive training in treating individuals, children, and families. I can help you resolve concerns you may have and bring you to a sense of peace and satisfaction that all people deserve.

Beliefs about counseling:

A counselor must facilitate a process that involves the client solving their own problems at the same time demonstrating a genuine concern and compassion for the client’s dilemmas.

The counselor must individualize interaction depending on client’s personality type. For example, does the client seem more introverted or extroverted, does the client seem to talk more logically or emotionally, does the client seem more cautious or compulsive?

The client will identify goals they wish to achieve. The counselor and the client will explore the ultimate objective behind the goal and evaluate progress towards those goals in a timely fashion.

The client will exercise self-responsibility. The counselor should encourage the client to ultimately draw their own conclusions and choose the direction they want to take in resolving the issue. The counselor may challenge the client to formulate a behavioral goal to address the ultimate objective.

In summary, the ultimate goal as a counselor is to provide perspective, unconditional positive regard, and help clients understand themselves and find clarity and understanding of their life choices in order to facilitate decisions that help them fully experience life to its fullest, and obtain their ultimate potential.