“You are perfect just as you are, and you could use a little improvement.” -Shunryu Suzuki
As a licensed therapist, I assist individuals who feel stuck in some kind of anger, anxiety or depression and would like to experience a change in their lives. I assist my clients in recognizing potential choices by gaining some level of acceptance of their present situation(s). Many people regret a past event or are worried about a perceived future. I help clients focus on the many opportunities that exist in the present moment. Self-control is the attainable goal and key to our personal freedom.
I was trained as a therapist to teach my clients to become their own therapist. The model I use to teach is LIFT (Life Improvement-Focused Therapy). This model of counseling combines the holistic approach and the cognitive triangle. The holistic approach (MBS) assumes that we are one systemic being made of three parts: the Mind, the Body, and the Spirit. Spirit is defined as “energy with intention, power, motivation; that which moves us”. Too much time spent in any one part can throw the other two parts off balance. MBS allows us to evaluate each part, regulate its affects and restore balance to the whole system . The cognitive triangle identifies origins of thoughts, feelings and actions and offers choice in what a person can do to control each of them. LIFT helps the individual to pay attention to the opportunities that exist in each present moment, ultimately empowering the individual to eliminate debilitating depression, reduce unnecessary stress/anxiety and overcome out-of-control anger.