I have counseled many individuals and families through challenging times, and helped them cope with a wide range of anxiety, depression, addiction, career, life-stage, and relationship concerns.
My goal is to help you make space for your own true thoughts and feelings, and to assist as you clarify how you want to move forward in life based on what is really important to you and what you value. My primary method for treatment is known as Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), known as a “third wave” cognitive behavioral approach. Rather than trying to push away your negative thoughts, an effort that does not usually work, I help you change your relationship with your thoughts, to lessen their power and control over your daily life. I encourage you to speak about any topic on your mind, including ones that may feel awkward or controversial. That is how you start to feel better.
In addition to my counseling practice, I have over 27 years experience working as a pastor. My counseling services are similar to those offered by professionals who do not share my particular background, but I am also uniquely qualified to help people who want to talk also about their religious or spiritual concerns. That is up to the client. My focus is on my client’s thoughts, feelings, beliefs and values, not my own. That’s how good, ethical mental health counseling is done.