My Theoretical Orientation and Approach to Therapy
I have been practicing counseling professionally since 1989. I work with couples, children and adolescents (ages 5-18), and adults who are experiencing depression and anxiety as a result of stresses in their lives brought on by relationship difficulties, family conflict, work/career issues, school-related problems, unresolved issues from childhood or other trauma.
I also have special training in the integration of spirituality with
emotional or relational healing, and I work comfortably with clients from a
wide range of religious and spiritual backgrounds, including those for whom
religion is not important.
My approach grows out of family systems theory, which views healing as a process involving many different dimensions of human experience, including the emotional, cognitive, social, familial, and spiritual. If appropriate, and only with your permission, I will include your friends, family members, clergy, medical doctor, or other professionals in your healing process as I prefer to work collaboratively and holistically whenever possible.
My Training and Professional Background
I received my undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of
Washington in 1980 and completed my Masters of Divinity from Princeton
Theological Seminary in 1984, where I received training in social work (in
conjunction with Rutgers University) and pastoral counseling.
Each year, I upgrade my clinical skills through continuing education
offerings. I participate in a monthly clinical consultation group to receive
input from my professional peers. I also regularly consult with a
psychiatrist regarding more medically oriented issues and treatment
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