Beginning the Journey to Wholeness

Using a problem-focused approach to psychotherapy empowers a person with a variety of options to make real changes toward a meaningful life. Making personal changes not only resolves the immediate problem but also brings a fullness and satisfaction in life never thought possible.

Seeking Counseling is a Courageous Step

Is there anyone who, at some point in their life, would not benefit from counseling? Such a time might be one of stress, loss, change, or a time of searching or growth in one’s personal and spiritual life. Most of us look to family or friends for help during these crises. Or we might try and try to deal with a problem by ourselves, but finally realize nothing helps. When you exhaust your best efforts and still feel lost and lonely, frustrated and tired, misunderstood and confused – this is the time to consider counseling. Admitting to yourself that now is the time to reach out for help is not a sign of weakness, rather a courageous step. It is also a responsible and caring act for yourself and your loved ones.

Counseling can help you reclaim your life

Psychotherapy or counseling helps people learn how to address their problems and reclaim more control in their lives. Counseling helps people make important changes in their lives that not only resolves the immediate problem, but also brings a fullness and satisfaction in life. As the client defines the problem, the therapist develops a plan of treatment that resolves the problem by reaching mutually agreed upon goal(s).

Counseling is a process. As a professional counselor, I carefully listen to the person describe the problem(s) and honestly addresses his/her perception and feelings about the problem. When that person feels heard or understood, hope is rekindled.

I offer a non-judgmental, safe place to express your feelings as we explore your concerns and difficult issues. You will find me to be reliable, willing to understand and qualified to help. You will discover someone who will help you develop effective ways of dealing with your unique issue(s).

We will work together in a confidential, supportive environment to help you learn more effective skills to improve the quality of your life.

If, for example, excessive anger is damaging your relationship with your partner, I will work with you to identify the source of the problem and help you to find more effective ways to express needs and resolve conflicts. This will help you put into practice more constructive ways to communicate with each other.

I have been trained as a counselor in a variety of psychological principles and practices that I draw upon to help people facing a variety of problems. I have helped many people face the emotional wounds of their past, so that they better understand the root causes of their problems and resolve long-standing issues that have affected their life.

Counseling is a journey that has a beginning and an end. The journey begins by setting goals. The journey of counseling takes time, but progress often begins immediately. The journey is complete when the client feels satisfied he/she has reached the goal(s) established in the beginning phase. The ending phase is called termination and should be done with intention – identifying the accomplishments the client has made.

Types of Issues

  • Clinical Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders (generalized & PTSD)
  • Relationship Issues
  • Couples’ Conflicts
  • Divorce Recovery
  • Stress-related Disorders
  • Adjustment to Chronic Diseases
  • Family Problems
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Compulsive Sex Problems
  • Childhood School Issues
  • Adolescent Adjustment Difficulties

What Can I Expect?

Confidentiality — All client information and records are confidential within the boundaries and standards of professional and legal requirements. This means that psychotherapists cannot reveal any information about the client without written consent.

This safeguards the client’s privacy and ensures trust between client and psychotherapist. You can expect competent, compassionate counseling within a safe context.

Length — Most people want to know how long they will need counseling. The length of counseling varies according to the issues one deals with and the degree of change one is willing to make. In the beginning phase of counseling – first couple of sessions – I help the person or couple identify goal(s).

Sometimes these goals can be reached in a few sessions; however, for most people dealing with a serious problem, counseling takes longer.

After six to eight sessions, I will evaluate progress with the client and help them to decide if their goals have been reached. If so, then the client can stop counseling or decide to work on other issues discovered during the course of therapy.

Sessions are usually scheduled once a week unless the needs of the client need more often scheduled sessions. Each session lasts about 55 minutes.