I believe that the most fundamental
element of psychotherapy is the connection felt within a relationship based on trust.
My clients experience me as warm, authentic, and compassionate.
I am skilled at creating an atmosphere of comfort and safety as I strive to understand
your experience through patient listening.
When working with individuals my practice is based on Humanistic and Existential theoretical approaches to psychotherapy. Carl Rodgers first established that the essential conditions of good counseling include authenticity, empathy and an unconditional positive regard for the client. Because we meet one another person to person, I may at times share some of my own experience when it might help to clarify the issues you present. The humanistic therapist is client centered, authentic, real and engaged - not distant or removed. I also incorporate elements of an Existential approach to therapy - which places an emphasis on personal responsibility and seeks to clarify the choices one has made and will make in his or her life.
I also see an individual's issues through the lens of a Family Systems approach. This includes a history of the family of origin and an understanding of generational patterns and family scripts and roles. Of course, a thorough understanding of my client's culture and ethnicity -including values and customs - is extremely important; as is the present community in which one lives, current relationships, carreer choices, institutions and associations, marriages, family and children, and social networks.
When working with couples all of these factors inform the way we approach issues together. My goal is to help clarify the conversation between you and your partner and to notice and eliminate the roadblocks to clear comunication while we learn effective strategies for dealing with difficult issues.
I have many years of experience with children and I understand how to engender the feeling of trust that is the primary condition of successful therapy. Many children sense this within the first few minutes of our initial meeting. With others it takes a bit longer, but almost all children experience me as patient, kind and warm – a man who speaks their language, understands how they feel and knows what is important to them.