"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face... The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it... You must make yourself succeed every time. You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
Often, substance use and other acting out behaviors start out as nothing more than coping mechanisms used to cover up deeper, more painful emotions not wanted to be felt. Unfortunately, these means of coping tend to become issues in and of themselves that need to be dealt with also. Together we can discover and work through the core issues that are at the heart of these adverse behaviors and moods.
I understand that no two clients will be the same, even if they come to me with similar issues. This is why I integrate Gestalt, Brief Solution-Focused, Motivational, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Experiential counseling styles, as well as prayer support if it is wanted, in my work, depending on the needs of each client. I find great joy in working with those dealing with a variety of personal and life issues, and in helping people discover and work through the core issues that are at the heart of their adverse behavior and moods; be it parenting issues, couples/marital difficulties, adolescents, stress reduction and relaxation techniques, and aspects of addictive behaviors and the often accompanying anxiety, depression, shame, and guilt, and with loved ones of those suffering from addiction.