“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” —Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture.
When I talk with people about finding ways to feel more relaxed and better about themselves, I ask about their strengths. Research shows that developing existing strengths is usually more effective than learning brand new skills. Many clients reply that they don't have any strengths ... and that's why they're seeking counseling. However, we all have talents and abilities that can be further developed and applied to whatever situation we're facing. I've had a lot of success working with regular folks who were willing to work on developing and applying skills between our sessions.
Using openness, respect and humor in a relaxed setting, I tailor my approach to fit each individual client and utilize techniques that not only have a lot of evidence to show they really work, but also develop clients' own inner resources. This helps people not only to overcome current challenges but also to handle problems down the road. Having a go-to skillset significantly reduces anxiety and increases feelings of worth as an individual.
While many counselors are trained to be rather hidden and neutral, I try to speak openly from my heart. I'm a real person who sincerely wants to help. My clients have told me that my genuine and non-judgmental style helps them feel relaxed and secure.
I'm passionate about helping you overcome obstacles that get in the way of living your life to the fullest. Whether you are feeling worn down from long-term issues or trying to adjust to one of life's curveballs, please know that you can feel less worried, and better about yourself, knowing that you played the hand you've been dealt to the best of your abilities.
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