Psychotherapy can be conducted using many different approaches. In my work, I adopt a very positive perspective (instead of a stigmatizing illness model) to help my clients recognize and build on their strengths. I focus on the importance of recognizing one’s inherent worth and facing life’s stresses and traumas in as healthy a manner as possible. I have a very active therapeutic style which is intended to be supportive while at the same time concentrating on facilitating life change and coping. Often, therapy helps my clients examine their thought and behavior patterns in an attempt to help them challenge the illusions and beliefs that can lead to emotional distress. Said another way, I often focus on helping my clients shift their thinking and behavior in a way that is intended to help them recognize their strengths and options for positive change.
Some common goals of my clients include:
- Improving self-esteem
- Confidence building
- Improving mood
- Relationship enhancement
- Relaxation and meditation
- Reducing anxiety and stress
- Peak performance enhancement in sports and the arts
- Coping with chronic trauma and/or chronic illness
I also work rather extensively with couples to help them improve communication and enhance their closeness and intimacy, resolving some of the “triggers” to distancing and isolation that can occur in the context of a relationship.