“Together, you and I will collaborate to create a blueprint to reach your short-term and long-term goals.”
What was your path to doing the work that you do today? What inspired you to choose this profession?
When I was a college student I volunteered at a crisis hotline and it was there, where I first became aware of how much I appreciated helping people who were struggling. For over 30 years my passion and career has been focused on empowering young men and women to more fully embrace their potential. Often these individuals have questions about their relationships or career choices and I help them identify solutions to the obstacles that they face.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
I tailor my approach to each individual I work with. Together, you and I will collaborate to create a blueprint to reach your short-term and long-term goals. Often I will use the book I authored, “Being Naked; A Nine Week Journey Toward Self Awareness” as a guide to self discovery. I offer my clients individualized, directed assignments which provide the structure and tools necessary to find their own creative force and their own capacity to solve problems and successfully move forward.
How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
I am always happy to collaborate with other mental health professionals to provide a more comprehensive, holistic approach to client care.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
People know that they want to change but, understandably, they are also afraid of change.
We grow up with patterns of behavior, and although we might not like those patterns, they often feel familiar to us. We oftentimes confuse familiarity with comfort and are afraid to let go of past destructive behaviors. I use journaling, guided homework assignments and talk coaching to guide clients towards a healthier path. People are often so over scheduled and busy that it becomes difficult for them to address their own personal health and wellness. I encourage people to consider that they will be far more effective and productive once they make time to address their own needs.
What excites you most about the evolving mental health landscape?
More and more people understand that asking for help is a sign of strength rather than weakness. They also understand the mind, body connection. Practitioners realize that we have to treat the whole person: mind, body and soul.
“I encourage people to consider that they will be far more effective and productive once they make time to address their own needs.”
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