As a therapist, my style is perhaps best described as eclectic. I work mostly with three theoretical concepts — systemic, cognitive behavioral and experiential therapy.
My training is in family therapy, and I believe that a person's family and the community in which they were raised greatly influence the development of the individual. The family system shapes each person, as well as the roles modeled by a person's primary caregivers. So, even when I work with people in individual therapy, I inquire about their family history and how they have been affected by incidents from childhood and adolescence.
I use a cognitive behavioral approach to assist an individual to change or eliminate unhealthy behaviors. I believe that our thoughts, feelings and actions are all related. My goal is to challenge maladaptive thoughts and feelings and replace them with healthier thoughts and feelings to bring about a change in someone's actions or behaviors.
Lastly, I draw from experiential theory. I believe a positive rapport between therapist and client is essential to success in therapy and, often within the context of a therapeutic relationship, core feelings and behaviors manifest themselves and can be processed in the moment.