Theoretical Orientation

My personal approach to therapy is eclectic. Depending on the client, I draw from an array of orientations - choosing the "best of the best" for each client. A brief description of these theoretical orientations are listed below:

Humanistic Therapy

Humanistic Therapy emphasizes the dignity and worth of humans and their capacity to develop personal competence and self respect. Humanistic therapists focus on an individualís potential and stress the importance of growth and self-actualization.

Existential Therapy

Existential Therapy attends to issues of existence such as the meaning of life, loneliness, and mortality. Existential therapists emphasize taking responsibility for ones choices and learning how to create meaning and purpose in relationships.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR therapy is a method of psychotherapy that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. For more information about EMDR please visit:

Client-Centered Therapy (CCT)

The core belief of CCT is that people tend to move toward growth and healing and have the ability to find their own answers. Key tenets are unconditional positive regard, personal congruence, and empathy.

Cognitive Therapy

Cognitive Therapy seeks to change maladaptive thought patterns. Cognitive therapy emphasizes a rational and positive world view and is especially helpful with anxiety and depression.

Systems Therapy

The underlying belief in Systems Theory is that everything and everyone is interconnected. Systems therapists believe that individuals cannot be fully understood without reference to their past and present relationships with others, especially family.

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