Following are some of my personal beliefs that serve as the philosophical foundation of my professional practice:
I believe that within every client resides an inner wisdom and dignity, a place where a special ‘knowing’ and resiliency exist side by side.
I believe that every client possesses an inborn tendency toward healing. Just as our bodies tend to heal themselves – often without medication or special procedures –
so do our emotions seek out a healing place, often in ways that may seem veiled and confusing to the untrained observer.
I believe that a client’s feelings, thoughts, and actions are intimately connected and need to be understood.
I believe that when change is desirable, to be effective and lasting it must be done safely and in small steps.
I believe that clients are always doing the best they can.
I believe that clients cannot fail at therapy, that only therapy can fail.
I believe that clients cannot feel safe or make progress if feeling judged.
I believe in psychotherapy as a collaborative process between equals on behalf of my clients and their goals.
I believe that at a minimum for a client to heal, as Henry David Thoreau once said, “It takes two to speak the truth: One to speak, and another to hear.”