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Therapeutic Philosophy

Every person as an underlying set of beliefs that govern their decisions and motivations.  As a perspective client, it is important to understand my Philosophy and Theoretical Orientation to make sure we are a good match.

  •  Power and potential for change. I believe that there is no shelf life of ability to change nor is there some limited amount available to each of us. We are continually faced with challenges and opportunities to grow and become stronger and more effective or, regress and become self defeating. It is in recognizing our responsibility for our present experience that we become empowered to move from victim to active force for change.

  • Client is the expert in our relationship. You will know far more about yourself than I will ever know. My role is simply to help you find the truths that you, on some level, already know. I am not in the business of advice, manipulation, or control. Furthermore, I am no measure of perfection thus cannot judge my ideals, behaviors, or beliefs as superior enough to impose them on anyone.

  • People do the best they can given their resources, understanding, and awareness. Few of us consciously decide to make poor decisions, injure those we love, and sabotage opportunities for success. Even fewer are “bad people,” but rather good people making poor decisions. We tend to make what seems to be the best decisions possible at the given moment with our limited information and experience. This is an important philosophical cornerstone as it allows me to suppress judgment and blame and immediately begin looking toward current strengths and potential for change while using past experiences as a guide.

  • Patterns and programs.  To be overly simplified, our brains are organic computers.  If you examine closely there are patterns in everything in our existence. Science confirms and artists expand upon this idea readily. We seem to continue the same paths, habits, and behaviors regardless if they are effective, pleasant, of even yielding our desired outcomes. Ever caught yourself playing out a “broken record” behavior or seeking out the same relationship with a different name but just could not seem to stop? Once our insight is raised and we are able to be mindful of our programs, we can accept ourselves and harness the power for change.

 Don't forget to read my clinical orientation or "style" as well for good fitment.


As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

Henry David Thoreau

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