My approach to counseling has certainly changed over the years through direct experience and feedback from clients. I attempt to blend a healthy combination of sensitivity, insight, and non confrontational directness with my approach. One of my primary approaches is that of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is an empirically validated therapy approach that stresses mindfulness, psychological flexibility, acceptance, and bevior change stragedies. ACT therapy really gets at helping one to become aware of negative thought patterns and how these negative thought loops can detract from quality of life. Not only can we identify these negative thought patterns, but we can also start to silence them and give more power to goals and things that we value in life.
In addition to ACT Therapy, I also like to empower clients to formulate their own goals and to be their own “authors” of their lives. This involves me meeting clients right where they are at and tailoring my style from there. If some clients do not respond to ACT Therapy, I am able to reach in my therapeutic toolkit and pull out other approaches that may be suitable. These include but not limited to: Existential-Humanstic Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Congnitive-Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology, Solution-Focused, Gestalt, and Psychodynamic. I would like to think I have a dynamic therapy approach.
Given my background in philosophy and classic literature, I also offer philosophical counseling when relevant. This involves drawing upon the main themes of philosophers and writers such as: Nietzsche, Kant, Schopenhauer, Stoic Philosophers, Irvin Yalom, Rollo May, Camus, Sartre, Dostoevsky, etc.