You are looking for the best possible experience when you decide to hire a mental health professional. The success of any psychological intervention is an outgrowth of the relationship with your chosen professional. Whether I serve as your therapist, assist in your collaborative divorce or work as your parent coordinator, I want you to understand how my 30+ years of experience have shaped my approach.
My work with others has taught me that change is possible at any age. In my early work with children, I learned that our brains are creative as well as vast store houses of early experiences. From early experiences of bonding, relating to others and reacting to circumstances, we lay down reaction pathways that stay with us as we grow. In this way, the past is always an important part of the present. In my current practice with adults, I am able to identify these early patterns, help the person understand their present impact and facilitate change through insight, understanding, cognition and the practice of new patterns..
The key to change for adults is appreciating that our brains enjoy neuroplasticity that lets us change at any stage of life. In my experience, adults grow by understanding the early programs and patterns that have been laid down in their brains. As these early connections are identified, you will begin to appreciate how the brain functions and how to establish new pathways that enable you to change your perceptions and actions. As you understand these connections, you will be able to choose to change from the inside out.
As your mental health professional, I will help you to practice and experience new ways of thinking and being in relationship. The technical term for this approach is Neuro-Cognitive. In the Neuro-Cognitive approach, the connection between mental health, physical health and spiritual health will become evident as you learn how your current thinking, feeling and behaving are interwoven. I strive to understand the whole person and to support growth in all areas of your life.
The result is a more integrated sense of self. In the course of our work, you may be asked to complete homework in order to practice new ways of thinking and behaving. You may be asked to read different materials to expand your understanding of how your mind works and how relationships function.