What is your main goal when working with a client?
When working with a client my main focus and goal is to help empower them to become the person that they desire to be, free from maladaptive coping techniques and narratives. I believe that every individual who enters therapy possesses an innate desire to better themselves and their relationships. I facilitate and assist clients in utilizing their own resiliency and abilities to achieve the life and relationships they desire.
What is your approach and what methods do you employ?
Regardless of what approach a therapist employs, a holistic view of the individual is important. Our thoughts, emotions and behaviors all influence each other. I also believe a person-centered, also known as client-centered, approach allows the client to actively direct their therapy. I believe the client is the most knowledgeable about what they are seeking to gain in therapy. As every individual is unique, there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to therapy, and the person-centered approach allows for implementation of other methods and techniques which may provide additional benefits to the individual. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), family systems, Adlerian and Existentialism are just a few examples of additional approaches which may be included to benefit the unique requirements of the individual.
What age groups do you most often work with?
I enjoy working with adolescents and adults of all ages. I am especially interested in individuals entering middle and late adulthood. It is during middle and late adulthood that individuals may find that they are presented with situations and experiences which bring about unplanned circumstances and life transitions. I enjoy being able to assist individuals and families in viewing their new found circumstances and transitions as opportunities for renewal instead of obstacles which must be overcome.
Are you passive or active in the session, what can a client typically expect sessions to be like while working with you?
I have participated in therapy as a client for many years and am familiar with what it is like to “be the client.” I believe in establishing an environment and relationship in which the client will experience grace, unconditional positive regard, and empathy. Allowing the client time and space to tell their story, and present their concerns, is vitally important. Becoming an ally and advocate of the client is achieved through listening and entering into the world of the client. Of course, this takes time and as rapport is established, so is the therapeutic relationship. A typical session will likely resemble a “road trip” with the client driving and providing the music while I help navigate. I also make it a point to seek input from the client on a regular basis to ensure that I am helping the client get to their desired destination.
What is your background and what are your credentials?
I have been blessed to have held various jobs previous to becoming a therapist. Previous employment opportunities have ranged from managing an independent bookstore in NYC during college, to corporate management and small business ownership. I believe that my varied work experiences provide me with real life experiences which are beneficial in empowering and assisting clients at various stages of life. I am currently married (for over 20 years) and am a father to two teenage daughters. I enjoy spending time with my family, being outdoors and listening to a wide variety of music.
What is the reason you decided to get into counseling?
I desired to become a therapist after my first session as a client when I was a teenager. I valued and looked forward to being able to experience an environment in which I could express myself and process my thoughts and emotions without worrying about being judged or viewed with prejudice. It is my desire to provide that freedom and experience to others. I have always enjoyed listening to people as they tell their stories.
Tell us about your education.
I received my BA in English Literature from Fordham University in New York. After graduation I was accepted to Columbia Teachers College in New York City. I am currently completing my final semester in obtaining my MA in mental health counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University.