I believe human beings are wondrously made with thoughts, feelings, and spirits that can either help or hinder them from meeting life's challenges. I am willing to explore with you how these aspects may be helping or harming your ability to achieve mental health.
I believe that a counseling relationship is collaborative. My belief is to address the whole self. Using a more direct approach, such as teaching new tools, giving homework, and answering client questions about life, completes the psychotherapy process. My goal is for clients to create a new life style.
I define mental health as:
the ability to be honest with oneself and others
to take responsibility for self and the tasks of life
to have a sense of humor
to engage in meaningful, satisfying relationships, work and social activities
I work with people who:
are responsible for their part of the working relationship
take care of themselves between sessions
stay safe from harming themselves or others
I am responsible for:
assessing your needs in therapy
applying what I have learned to best address these needs
coaching you to take the power within you to make your life work
making recommendations of other resources to help you achieve your goals
I believe your part of the working relationship is:
to set goals
make decisions about how you will live your life
solve your problems
take actions on your new decisions
I have been in private practice since 1984. Prior to that, I was a practicing social worker in Kentucky and Florida in the public sector. In 1991, I was licensed in Florida as a Marriage and Family Therapist. My work includes psychotherapy with individuals, adolescents, couples, families, and groups.