I believe that therapy is a whole-person process involving one’s emotional experiences, intelligence, and interpersonal processes. I see my role as to provide a supportive, nonjudgmental, and empathetic working space for clients to tell their stories and actively engage their own generative thinking processes and problem-solving creativity that may have been too stressed and overwhelmed from everyday life. I engage therapy as a focused, co-constructive dialogue that offers an opportunity for clients to externalize their thoughts and examine them from a different perspective.
Clients can then gain a level of objectivity and use my responses to more accurately gauge their way of dealing with their current situation and arising issues. Therapy is an opportunity to identify with an empathetic therapist, the small changes to implement in a client’s life can lead to more significant transformation. People learn through the direct experience of being treated differently by another and through themselves behaving differently with the therapist.
I integrate several different therapeutic approaches to facilitate this focused effort including: CBT, solution-focused therapy, Bowenian systems therapy, narrative therapy, and Haley & Madanes strategic approach. The therapeutic techniques that come from these models mainly serve as tools to bolster a client’s focus and use their naturally occurring healing processes. I use an integrative approach in order to specially design techniques and procedures to fit the unique needs of each client. I have also seen that a client’s faith in therapy, hope’s for the process, and involvement in work are an important key to achieving successful therapeutic outcomes.
In the 3rd grade, when my teacher asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I said, “I wanted to be a cowboy…or a therapist.” I’m glad one of those worked out.