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Inspirations:

"The world is just the way it is. The economy is just as it should be. The people who are behaving 'badly' in the world are doing what they're suppose to be doing. You can process it in any way that you choose. If you're filled with anger about all those 'problems' you are one more person who contributes to the pollution of anger."

                              -- Wayne Dyer
        (from 10 Secrets for Success
        and Inner Peace)


“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”

                      -- Lao Tzu

"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living."

                              -- Dr. Seuss

"Never let yesterday use up too much of today."

                              -- Will Rogers
 

Philosophy

The first benefit my clients experience when they come to therapy is a feeling of being seen, of feeling safe, and gaining an awareness that what they are going through is “normal”. People suffering from panic attacks, secret addictions, depression and dysfunctional relationships suffer quietly thinking that they are alone and isolated in the pain they are going through. It is comforting to share these feelings with a therapist and to learn that what they are experiencing is typical to the human condition.

Let's face it - neurosis, depression, relationship, life's challenges and anxiety are more a function of our humanity than anything else. Who among us has not experienced one or more of these challenges in their lifetime? Therapy helps us cope better with our humanity.
 

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The simple act of talking about a problem releases some of its power and energy. Clients often report feeling better after making their first appointment. I believe this is because the act of helping oneself moves us in a positive direction and toward recovery. The relationship with the therapist is also part of the cure. Because the client-therapist relationship is in a controlled setting, it becomes a safe place for clients to learn techniques and skills for improving their relationships with their loved ones. Someimes it is simply a matter of practicing positive communication in a safe environment that allows my clients to take these insights and skills into their lives.

In describing my approach as a therapist, I have borrowed the term “Radical Eclectic”. A Radical Eclectic draws on a number of different approaches and styles depending on the client and the circumstances. In my case, this eclecticism draws upon Rogerian (Carl Roger’s relational approach), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, a Psycho-dynamic Jungian Approach, Narrative Therapy, Brief Therapy and Object-Relations Theory. I also utilize EMDR for clients suffering from PTSD. Additionally, I use EEG Neurofeedback as a tool for some of my clients who are looking for non-medical options in addition to therapy to  treat  ADHD, PTSD, addiction recovery  and various anxiety and depression disorders.