Engaging in therapy can be a highly rewarding, beneficial process. Self-awareness and self-acceptance are ongoing goals that are the cornerstones of most of the work I do. I use a broad range of clinical techniques and therapeutic models to help move the client towards change and health, including but not limited to cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused therapies, narrative, and experiential models. I also encourage awareness practices and mindfulness techniques to connect the client with his or her moment-to-moment experience, as a means of continual opening to and acceptance of present reality. I believe that as people become more accepting of themselves, and more aware of their thoughts, emotions and actions, they are more capable of making decisions which lead to happiness and fulfillment in their lives.

My approach is holistic and systemic by nature, although I also have broad knowledge and experience in treatments using pharmaceutical medications and the more traditional (Western) medical model. I work with adolescents and adults, and have much clinical experience treating chronic and severe mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and addictions. My practice also includes couples and marriage counseling, divorce mediation, grief and loss, and phase-of-life issues. You should know, however, that results and expected outcomes are not guaranteed; I only ask that you are willing to participate fully in the process of your treatment. As in life, your attitude and engagement in this experience will impact the benefits you reap immeasurably. Therapy can be a scary, life-changing endeavor. It may occasionally be emotionally painful. Be assured that the hurt involved is most often temporary, a necessary part of your process, and that it ultimately leads to clarity, peace, self-knowledge and acceptance----wisdom. I see our relationship as collaborative and personally empowering for you, rather than hierarchical, and as such, I vow to collaborate with you, and to be by your side on this path to personal growth and balance.

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