The reason that I chose this career is that I had a life changing experience in therapy, and I realized I’d like to share it with others.
I like working with teenagers and younger adults, helping them develop a sense of purpose in their lives. I’ve had some success working with people in this age group, maybe because they know I identify with them—and I think it leads them to identify with and open up to me. I’m not the guy who sits stiff-backed in the chair, wearing a dress shirt and dress slacks. I don’t believe in a hierarchy in therapy, but rather a partnership of human beings finding a more enjoyable, fulfilled way of life. I believe people come to me because they want to feel a casual atmosphere where the things they say are not only confidential but are made easy and safe by the way I listen and respond to them.
When asked “what type of therapy do you practice?” I usually answer….”an array of therapy models and theories. I’m grounded in a humanistic approach, but I use whatever’s necessary to be helpful—cognitive behavioral, 12-step work, solution-focused, and psychodynamic.”
People often want to know some specific areas I work in. I’ve had a lot of experience working addictions, depression, anxiety, bipolar, trauma (sexual trauma and/or other childhood trauma), and suicide ideation (suicidality). I enjoy pre-marital counseling, working with couples on communication skills, and, of course, relationship counseling in general, helping people work through breakups, love addiction, and conflict resolution.
Call and set up a meeting to see if you feel a comfortable fit.