Approaches to Counseling

Each person is unique.  We all have different experiences and perspectives.  One person’s favorite restaurant is another person’s least favorite place to go.  Counseling approaches can be the same: what works for one person could make someone else worse.  I work hard to understand where you are coming from and change my approach to find what will work best for you.  

I have found that three approaches – or some combination of them – are most helpful:

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing looks what motivates you to be in counseling and to make change in your life.  It is important to understand where you are in the process of change and help you find the next small step towards the changes you want to make.

 

Existential

Simply put, existential counseling looks at how we exist in the world.  You might not care at all about something I find important, and that is ok.  It is important to understand how our experiences and values shape us and how we can shape our future.

 

Psychodynamic

This approach to counseling works to understand relationships.  Sometimes we struggle to relate to others, and sometimes we struggle to relate to ourselves (you know, those pesky internal voices that can never seem to agree on anything). These patterns in how we relate to others and ourselves can become apparent and then changed for the better.