My Counseling Philosophy
1) I believe a counseling relationship that offers
a safe place for deep listening, honesty, respect,
and compassion is the foundation for healing and
2) I believe many of our individual or relationship
problems stem from relational wounds that have
resulted in deep and unmet needs. We often
seek to meet these unmet needs in unhealthy
and sometimes self-destructive ways.
3) I believe in working with my clients as a guide
into their underlying emotions and beliefs that are
inhibiting their goals and causing them to feel
stuck and trapped in their behaviors and emotions.
4) I believe it is important to work together with my clients to discover key strengths that transform their views of self and others. By working together with my clients, we can start the journey to heal emotions that are driving unwanted feelings and behaviors.
5) I believe a client’s spirituality can be a great source of healing and strength and I am comfortable exploring or declining to explore spirituality if clients feel it will benefit their therapeutic journey.
6) I believe a person’s experience of the world is influenced by family, culture, and past generations. I seek to bring to light the effects of these multiple influences on a clients’ functioning and to help them create and sustain lasting change that will not only bless their lives, but the lives of those with whom they will interact.
7) I believe it is important to employ an eclectic combination of different theories including: Emotion-Focused Therapy, Strengths-Based Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy as I see that a modality of therapy best fit each of my clients' unique needs.