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How I Help

Counseling Doesn't Have to Suck

There is no "one-size-fits-all" method for counseling, so I can't say that I am a "cognitive-behavioral therapist," despite the fact I pull a bit from CBT if needed. I have a hard time saying that I am a "Reality therapist," even though most of my counseling philosophy is rooted in reality therapy, because it is not called for in every circumstance. Though I tend to view most problems through an existential lens, I can't say that I am an existential therapist, because existential therapy isn't always practical.

So, how do I help? Sure, I use CBT, DBT, SFBT, MI, ACT, and a few other alphabet soup methods of treatment to inform my practice, but all of that is completely worthless if I can't make a real, human connection with my clients. As such, my approach is largely client-centered. What works for you may not work for your neighbor, and what has worked for me may not be suitable for you. It's amazing how much progress can occur by pulling on strengths to buttress current areas of struggle. So, that's what I try to help you do. The method used to get there matters far less than the fact that you get there, so why quantify it?

This is especially important in my work with teens and adolescents, who can sense BS from a mile away. Rather than "therapizing" them, I take my time to get to know them and form a trusting relationship that will allow for growth, insight, and change. Sometimes it takes a bit of time, but it's always well worth it.