to the general forms of therapy I do that are listed on this site, I also use
many techniques that are considered “out of the box.” I feel that you deserve
to benefit from any technique or intervention that I can provide for you or
teach you, even if they are not frequently used by many therapists. Through my
wide variety of experiences in the counseling profession, I have been able to
determine which of these strategies are the most effective in particular
situations. Some of these approaches are listed below:
help you evaluate how you ‘explain’ certain events in your life, positive or
negative. It is often the case that unhealthy styles of attribution are the
root of many problems.
The Law of Attraction:
I have found that when people expect
things to go badly, they often do. Through a series of assignments that we can
work on together, we can flip this theory to make positive things more likely
to be attracted into your life.
I am an advocate of teaching clients
what is currently known about the problem or diagnosis they are dealing with.
This is part of understanding yourself.
Though I have not been through the
extensive training necessary to call this a specialty, I have studied in this
area enough to develop numerous techniques that help clients ‘remap’ the way
they remember certain things or change a pattern of negative expectation.
Exerts from carefully chosen movies
are sometimes used to illustrate a concept to clients. It is often easier to
understand and discuss our emotions if we witness them in others.
We may choose to create a ‘vision
collage’ in order to help increase focus and motivation towards the goals for
the client’s future. Daydreaming is then recommended at appropriate times,
which helps maintain optimism and thereby reduces the chance of negative events
ABCDE Style of Thinking:
This is a technique that I have
modified from a classic cognitive intervention. It is aimed to teach clients to
find relief though a simple addition of thoughts.
The Circle of Smiles:
Children and Adolescents can learn
the concepts of reinforcement and consequences from this simple illustration.
No Such thing as Bad News:
This is a concept I developed, which
I will have to explain in detail during a session. It has changed the clients’
lives that have put the mental effort into using it in daily life.
Behavior Management Plans:
Children and some adolescents often
benefit from having a major part in creating a plan that allows them to earn
privileges though specific positive behaviors. Creative alternatives are used
to make these plans fun and interactive.
Through my work in the past with a
brilliant Neuropsychologist, I am often able to explain certain disorders or
issues with the clients in terms of how their brain is functioning.
techniques I use that I feel are worth mentioning include: Magic tricks and Card games (mainly
for kids), Role-plays, Exposure Therapy, and Creating Safety Plans
strategies listed above, along with other interventions proven in research,
will inevitably lead to a healthier, less stressful quality of life; but only
if they are applied by the client with enough mental effort. Clients are asked
to practice their provided recommendations in the days between sessions. This
will assure that your time and money are spent in the most effective possible
client, you will never hear me say “I know exactly how you feel,” or many other
‘classic’ therapists’ lines. The fact is, anyone who tells you this is not
being totally honest. I will be the first to admit that I have likely never
personally experienced many of the situations you will present in sessions;
therefore, I would have no way of understanding exactly how you feel about it. Even if I have been through
something similar, everyone processes certain life events differently and no
two are the same. So again, I do not have a magic
ability to automatically see into to your intricate emotions about the things
that have occurred in your life. However, this realization is what leads to
what I believe is one of the most beneficial aspects of our therapeutic journey;
teaching you to help yourself.
thing you will not hear me say is “if I were in your shoes.” Each person is
unique and we all think, feel, and act differently. Although, I can honestly say that I truly enjoy trying to understand
how my clients are feeling about the problems they describe to me. I try my
best to relate in any way possible so that I can give another outlook on your
circumstances. I have also become skilled at identifying many other possible
perspectives concerning your situation. None of us always have the right
answer; therefore, it is in our best interest to use every resource available
to us, even if that means adopting another point of view at times. Once you and
I understand the problem more completely from several viewpoints, we can use
our combined efforts to work towards an achievable solution.
often described me as “easy going, non-judgmental, and easy to get along with.”
I do not claim to know everything and I am not afraid to admit when I am unsure
about something. However, if I do not know the answer, I will put the maximum
effort into finding it before our next session. My ultimate goal is to provide clients with a safe place to work through and eventually overcome the difficulties, large or small, they are currently experiencing. It is always an honor to serve as the therapist you chose to help improve your life; a calling
which I truly enjoy.