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Counseling Approach

Too often, counseling or psychotherapy focuses on reducing symptoms such as depression, anxiety, or stress, rather than identifying and resolving life experiences which led to these signs of personal distress.  The counseling process involves learning skills which promote emotional health such as awareness of your feelings and needs, communicating effectively, having fulfilling relationships, and making healthy life choices.

In addition, I recognize:                                                                   

  • the importance of connecting with you, rather than only relating to a diagnosis and your symptoms

  • the significance of identifying and releasing unexpressed feelings, allowing resolution of unfinished business and a change in unhealthy life themes

  • how medication can mask feelings, and a diagnosis can limit personal potential

  • the value of sharing our own past struggles and triumphs, and joining with you in your life journey

  • the importance of our own on-going personal growth and professional develop

"All beautiful things carry distinctions of imperfection. Your wounds and imperfections are your beauty. Like the broken pottery mended with gold, we are all Kintsugi. Its philosophy and art state that breakage and mending are honest parts of a past which should not be hidden. Your wounds and healing are a part of your history; a part of who you are. Every beautiful thing is damaged. You are that beauty; we all are." - Bryant McGill

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