I embrace an eclectic approach to therapy. Each of the following paradigms is valuable to me:
- Collaborative – sometimes we lose our voice and sense of personal power. By using a Collaborative approach, I encourage clients to reach conclusions and make decisions for their own lives as a means of empowerment.
- Transgenerational – our beliefs and behavior are often a legacy passed on from previous generations. When these patterns are identified and understood, we can choose new ways of thinking about and living life.
- Solution-Focused – we have the capacity and strength to overcome our circumstances. I encourage clients to find new ways to solve old problems.
- Narrative – clients are given the opportunity to share their stories often, for it is in hearing one’s story over and over again that healing begins. As they share, clients are given the opportunity to reauthor their stories, changing their self-perceptions from weak to strong, inadequate to good enough, and victim to survior.
- EMDR Trained -
There is a Buddhist saying that each life is filled with 10,000 sorrows and 10,000 joys. That we have sorrows is not personal – suffering is simply a fact of life. Asking “why me?” is rarely a fruitful question to ask and is often energy depleting and distracting. Accepting that “we are where we are” frees us up to make choices and change. Easy to do? No. Worth the effort? YES!
And, don't forget to hunt for your 10,000 joys!