I am a licensed therapist and have been in private practice for more than 25 years. My philosophy of treatment is that most life conflicts require self-esteem counseling which includes self-knowledge, self-acceptance, living purposefully, and finding a sense of value, happiness, and peace of mind. When people achieve a higher level of awareness they are able to identify their needs and make informed choices, which then allows them to experience less conflict and chaos in their life. Therefore, I believe it is essential to work on two levels. The first level involves dealing with the presenting problem, and the second level requires looking beneath the presenting problem to understand the dynamics that created the problem. This process requires a shift in focus from the external to the internal. According to Nathaniel Brandon, author of “Six Pillars of Self-Esteem”: The better I know and accept myself, the better the life I can create. Self-examination is an imperative of a fulfilled existence.”
My years of experience have led me to believe that often people do not see the many choices available, but tend to repeat patterns of behavior that have been ingrained since childhood. These behaviors may have been useful and even necessary at an earlier age, but when they are no longer appropriate, more effective ways of thinking and behaving can be learned when working with a therapist.
I am the Administrative Director of Center For Recovery, Inc., a substance abuse intensive outpatient program. www.centerforrecovery.net
I utilize several tools including homework, role-playing, and often recommend books that can be helpful. My style is interactive and dynamic and my approach is holistic, encompassing body, mind and spirit.
My fees are $165 per 60 minute hour. TRICARE insurance is accepted for active military only. Additionally, I work with several licensed therapists who offer a sliding scale and provide counseling services for individuals, families, and couples.