|The terms counseling and psychotherapy are often used interchangeably. The term
psychotherapy is often thought of as work that is more serious and the term counseling is a more common term. I think
of what I do as "talk therapy."
If you choose to work with me, what we will do is essentially talk therapy. The goal is to create a safe environment
where you will be able to talk about your problem or problem situation and explore solutions and new ways of solving the
problem or problem situation. All of the work you do with me is your choice. At no time will you be coerced or mandated
to talk about or do anything you do not feel comfortable exploring.
In essence, you direct the work; my job is to listen, assist, support, encourage, coach and witness your work.
The focus of talk therapy is to explore with you what brings you to the session or what the concern or problem is you
are presenting. Exploring the problem is critical for me to get a good understanding of how the problem fits into
your life. Sometimes this is obvious and sometimes there is more to be explored or understood.
Often problems that are presented are situations that do not arise over night and even if they had, there are often
historical connections to how the problem came about. Understanding the problem and its history will be helpful to
both of us when working together.
Once we have a grasp on the problem and its history; sometimes uncovered in the first session, we begin our work at
solutions or ways you can heal from the problem or problem situation.
How we do, this involves a conversation and working with an imagination of what your life would be like if this problem
or problem situation were to be fixed. A goal of our conversation is to express feelings and explore their meaning. My
responsibility is to connect with you where you are and create a safe environment so that we can work collaboratively
to help you get the change you desire!
Our work usually involves new approaches to solving the old problem. In addition to our conversations your work may
involve journaling, self-hypnosis, guided imagery, drawing or artwork, stress management techniques, exercise,
The goal of this type of work is to look at different parts of you and how you understand and relate to the problem
or problem situation. This work will free you up to look at it differently.
By looking at the problem or problem situation differently, you will naturally respond differently. This change in
problem perception is the beginning of feeling a stronger sense of self and viewing greater possibility for changes.