My overall approach to therapy is inspired by what’s called the existential movement within the field of psychotherapy. In layman’s terms, I don’t find much use in the clinical view of mental health, and I tend not to rely on diagnostic labels. Instead, my view of mental health takes into account four interconnected areas of the human experience:
First, there’s what we call the physical dimension, which includes nutrition, sleep, exercise, your attunement to your body and its needs, and your interaction with your physical surroundings. If you think about how being hungry can affect your mood, you can begin to understand how the physical aspect is connected to your mental health.
Next there is the social dimension, which includes your place in society and the relationships you form with others.
The psychological dimension primarily has to do with our sense of self – the answer to the question, “Who am I?”
And lastly there’s the spiritual dimension, which informs your ideological, philosophical, and/or religious view of life. This includes our sense of meaning and purpose in life as well as how we deal with the unknown, the mysterious, and the paradoxical.
IS MY THERAPY STYLE A GOOD FIT FOR YOU?
I aim to provide a nonjudgmental, LGBTQA-friendly environment where you can express your frustrations, fears, and dreams; and where you define your success. I don’t believe in one-size-fits-all solutions. You are a unique individual; so therapy should be tailored to your unique experience, not the other way around.
My style of therapy emphasizes your value and agency as a person, and how you ultimately have the ability to overcome any obstacle you’ve run into. As your therapist, I can help you determine how you want to live your life, and the path you’ll follow to get there.
I offer free 20-minute phone consultations to help you decide if you would like to see me as your therapist, which will also help me assess if my qualifications and approach are a good fit for your situation. You can reach me at 406-200-8402.