I am of the Existential/Humanistic perspective of PsychoTherapy. My facilitation of therapy and all the aspects of my life are guided by my sincere belief in the basic “goodness” of human beings. Guided by the work of master clinicians such as Carl Rogers, “Individuals have within themselves vast resources for self-understanding and for altering their self-concepts, basic attitudes, and self-directed behavior; these resources can be tapped if a definable climate of facilitative psychological attitudes can be provided.” Rogers calls for three elements to be present for successful growth-promoting to occur in therapy: genuineness, unconditional positive regard, and empathetic understanding. I am honored to be this type of facilitator for you. A person who is accepted and prized, tends to create a more caring attitude towards themself. Abraham Maslow first advanced another concept that is fundamental to my therapy style, “Self-Actualization,” simply put, if one is able to satisfy basic human needs in the areas of physiology, safety, love and esteem, then self-actualization will occur with additional growth. Put in another way, within each of us, lays an intrinsic motivation to become our unique selves once more basic needs are met. This unique, “self-actualized” self represents our greatest potential. You can choose who you are, and how you will experience your life.
In addition to my existential-humanistic perspective, I am eclectic, in the sense that I am trained in other psychological perspectives such as cognitive/behavioral, integrative therapy, motivational interviewing, and usually do some Freudian childhood discovery work with my clients. So, my toolbox reaches across approaches to bring a variety of interventions to address your unique issues, enhancing our existential-humanistic work.