25 Years Exp
25 Years Exp
I grew up and lived in Minnesota through my 25th year. I attained a BA degree in English Literature from Bethel University, a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Seminary, and a Masters in Counseling degree from the University of North Texas. From 1995, I've worked in several counseling agencies, psychiatric hospitals, a medical institution in Dallas, and private practice therapy services in the Dallas metro area. In these past years, I have assisted many individuals, couples, and families process their concerns and overcome difficulties, such as: depression, anxiety, stress, anger management, domestic abuse, grief/loss, marriage and divorce, life transitions, self-esteem, codependency, conflict resolution, career direction, family concerns, and alcohol recovery/12 Steps. On my own time, I enjoy spending time with family & friends, hiking/camping, bicycling, exercising, keeping up on current events/news, reading books, and a good cup of coffee!
One client several years ago was struggling with his life's meaning and purpose, with catastrophe and high stress affecting him. Through our work in sessions, he was able to get better grounded and discover what his path going forward looked like: inner values, career elevation, and a key relationship that bloomed.
I like to encourage clients to start sessions with something they feel is important: a feeling, person, situation, or past event. I then will assist the client to engage in a process of looking at their experience, beliefs, and values and their impact on them today. This may lead to suggestions, feedback, books and resources, and support.
The ground I cover in the first session includes: sharing basic information such as confidentiality and ethical limits, brief professional bio of myself; putting forth topical questions to gather information on client and their family members; and taking stated concerns to devise a treatment plan with clear goals. And the initial session is key for developing a positive, comfortable environment for the client to feel good about dealing with the issues affecting them.
What motivates me as a therapist is when clients have an 'aha' moment that dawns on them, or seeing a breakthrough in some emotional/situational obstacle. More, it's awesome to hear client reports of changed relationships, a new direction, and more healthy capabilities in life and work.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
Counseling with me means that we can explore your choices and the systems that have exerted influence on your present life. Clients sense care, respect, energy, hope, and insight to facilitate their growth. Our conversations will encourage collaboration, adaptability, honesty, courage, and acceptance. By these elements, progress occurs. How I approach working with a client is to assist you with self-knowledge, processing feelings an concerns, choices, and new life goals. With couples, it's often guiding their communication and conflict resolution struggles. I am motivated to help people grow, learn, and overcome obstacles. More, a good therapist listens empathically, helps clients share/open up, provides feedback, and talks with clients about solutions to life's challenges.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
I utilize evidence-based therapies, including: Psychotherapy, Existential Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
As a licensed therapist, these are my biggest strengths.