I take an Adlerian and person-centered approach to therapy. Adlerian therapy is based on the ideas of Alfred Adler, who believed that we are inherently goal-driven. He also believed in the importance of an individual’s relationship with other people and society as a whole. Keeping relationships in the forefront, person-centered therapy places an emphasis on the relationship between the therapist and the client. I believe this relationship is vital to the success of therapy. I also think it can be beneficial to use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), as it can help individuals change their outlook on problems while also providing people with coping skill that can be helpful in everyday life. I like to incorporate some ideas from existential philosophers like Martin Heidegger and Soren Kierkegaard as well. I’m particularly interested in Heidegger’s belief that “the past, present and the future are an inextricable and significant part of our way of Being.” We are always living in the moment where the past and future meet. While these theories set a foundation for the services I provide, my approach will depend entirely on the individual needs of the client. All people are different, and the approach we take will always keep the individual in mind.
I am currently a graduate student at Bellevue University, working on my master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. I believe that counseling provides people the opportunity to be open and honest about the problems and issues they are dealing with. I try to keep the atmosphere in sessions relaxed so clients feel comfortable enough to be themselves.
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