Good counseling focuses on helping the whole person find a way to heal. I look at thoughts, emotions, body sensations and relationships as entry points to change. This mode of practice incorporates the brain, body and relationships in a holistic manner that honors the uniqueness of each individual client.
The work is rooted in a strengths based approach that incorporates the natural supports and resiliency attributes every client brings to counseling. The four pillars of resiliency are our social, psychological, physical and spiritual dimensions. The goal is to help clients sustain their recovery.
Results and time matter. Therapy should be a time-limited process with a clear beginning, middle and end. It should not go on forever. Client and counselor need to jointly develop clear-cut and measurable goals and timelines for progress. I expect my clients to improve and lay me off for a job well done.