My approach to behavioral and psychological problems is problem-centered and holistic, focusing on the relationship of the problem to all areas of my clients’ lives. Treatment planning includes an assessment of mind, body, emotions and spirit. I have a strong belief that the way we feel and behave is influenced by our beliefs about the world and how we interpret the events in our lives. I believe that successful therapy requires a shared approach in all phases of therapy, from the setting of specific measurable goals to the type and length of treatment.
In addition to my training in the theory and practice of psychotherapy, I am a licensed registered nurse who combines an understanding of medical issues and the complex relationship of the mind to the body to my assessment of the stresses impacting individuals. My training in behavioral medicine is helpful in working with physicians and helping clients take an active role in their medical treatment. Behavioral interventions often help in decreasing the amount of medication required for pain management as well as major illnesses.
Each of us has unique gifts, unique life experiences and a unique perception of the world. Central to my orientation is an appreciation of this uniqueness, and the commitment to assist clients to move beyond self-criticism to self-acceptance and develop individual and relationship skills that will empower them to meet the demands of their lives.
As I have worked with couples and families, I am convinced that forgiveness is an extremely important concept. We must be willing to forgive in order for relationships to thrive. Since conflict and perceived and real hurts and injustices are inevitable in intimate relationships, restoring trust and renewing friendship is crucial. Promise-keeping and forgiveness are the practices that help heal broken relationships. We must learn how to create a space in our relationships where we are safe to make mistakes, express remorse, and decide together how we will proceed.
My approach includes a lifestyle assessment, cognitive structuring, psychoeducation, and mutual problem-solving. Relaxation training or meditation strategies may assist in mobilizing individual strengths quickly. Somatic experiencing can assist clients to mobilize their bodies’ innate abilities to overcome the effects of trauma. Educating clients in problem prevention and realigning resources to live in a healthier way are central to my orientation.