I operate mainly from a Person-Centered perspective, which means that I believe the relationship between counselor and client to be of the utmost importance.
The core tenets of this approach include congruence, or genuineness on the part of the counselor, unconditional positive regard of the client by the counselor, and empathetic understanding – I accept you just as you are.
I believe that each of us is capable, sometimes with a little assistance, of making our own best decisions, and that each of us is responsible for our own path in life. This means that as a counselor, I work closely with my clients to decide on the best course of therapy.
I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a form of therapy designed to alleviate the distress associated with painful or traumatic memories. I believe there is a great deal of trauma and pain associated with growing up LGBTQ and with existing in a sometimes unaccepting world. I believe strongly that EMDR therapy can help get a person “unstuck” so that they can function more fully and freely.