As a therapist/counselor/social worker, I focus on ways to instill hope, to help others understand the influence of their past and to develop skills and new perspectives to improve their effectiveness. These concepts will compliment medication prescribed by a client’s psychiatric provider or can, of course, be used by individuals not being treated with medication. I am not licensed to prescribe medication.
There is so much we, as individuals, can do to improve our situations. I enjoy teaching skills and concepts that improve our experience of life. No doubt we all have problems, some seemingly insurmountable, some just difficult but we all have the ability to control the way we respond to our life experiences. Pain may be a part of life, but I think we benefit from exploring the idea that suffering may be optional.
Often individuals I have worked with have made simple (but challenging) changes and improved their lives significantly. I am not therapist who tries to oversimplify complicated issues and teach you to “think positively” instead I am the kind of individual who supports you in your process of change. I believe life takes practice, we try things and if they work we keep practicing them and if they don’t we try to learn from them. I also recognize that sometimes we slip back to previous ineffective ways of dealing with our lives and we need to get back on track. That’s why my practice contains the word “practice,” we all are practicing; I am practicing just as you are.
My approach incorporates concepts of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). The core concept of the DBT perspective is the ability to be in the moment, on purpose (mindfulness) without judgment. Being mindful provides us with the ability to observe our experiences and understand how we work and how our brains work.
We all have an Emotion Mind and a logical (Reason) Mind and if we practice we can develop our Wise Mind. Our Wise Mind takes input not from one or the other of our “minds” but both. Our ability to evaluate a situation logically and systematically is important and equally important is our emotional experience related to that situation (although the emotional experience is sometimes more difficult to understand.) One type of experience is no more or less important than the other and both perspectives offer valuable input. Our Wise Mind might be thought of as our deepest sense of knowing.