Let’s see what might be useful…
I’m a therapist in private practice, working with patients who truly want to get unstuck and make some actual impact in their life goal of getting better. I have discovered that insight can be found in almost every area of our lives, if we know where to look for it and are paying attention.
Of course, that’s pretty boring stuff. Let’s try that again with something more interesting:
- Eugene is my home town, although I’m licensed in both Oregon and Arizona.
- I graduated in 1992 with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work.
- I’ve been in private practice since 2006.
- Two of my sisters are also therapists, and my father is a retired Psychologist.
- My wife and I have a small fluffy white dog that we absolutely adore.
- Growing up with three younger sisters, I’ve never learned (or cared) to understand the rules for football.
- I’m pretty good with Star Trek trivia.
- I both love, and detest, the 80’s.
- My two favorite books for personal growth are The Alchemist and Who Moved My Cheese (only 95 pages; you can’t beat that!).
“I’ve had many other counselors over the years and I chose you because of your focus on CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy). But, I really relate to your more analytical, organized, solution focused approach verses just letting me talk and you listen. It feels more pragmatic.”
My approach to therapy has been influenced greatly by Carl Rogers, Albert Ellis, and Pema Chödrön. I have a strong belief that each patient already has the innate skills and potential for tremendous growth, and is not “defective”. I feel strongly that we can help you accomplish your goals by working on what I like to call the 8-Key Life Skills together:
- Face life openly (what we avoid imprisons us)
- You must be curious to learn about your hidden thoughts and motivations, without assigning blame – this part is tricky
- Accept yourself as you are and stop trying to prove yourself
- Let you past inform your future, but not control it
- Our thoughts and actions can directly affect our emotions.
- How we respond to a situation is just as important as the situation itself.
- Personal growth can be difficult to achieve when pursing dreams rather than goals.
- How we talk to those we care about is more important than what we talk about.
Before I felt like I had hit the end of my rope, everything felt like a complete spiral with no idea where to begin to climb out. Now I am trying to become aware of what’s happening and why and then what to do next.– Patient Review
Types of Therapy I Use
My background includes training for CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy) for depression & anxiety from the Beck Institute as well as having completed Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
It’s no surprise that how we think and act can directly impact how we feel. Specifically, it is our thoughts and behaviors, not other people, situations or things, that make us feel bad. When we use unhelpful thinking patterns, we tend to get “stuck in the muck” and end up spinning our wheels. Some of these patterns come from how we have learned to relate (or react) to life; others come from deep inside of us and are tightly connected to our views about our self worth, our beliefs about other people, and the world in general.
Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Dr. John Gottman’s research and methodology in understanding and identifying issues in couples counseling is one of the more popular approaches in the past decade. Much of his approach is supported by evidence-based research. I have completed Level 3 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
Two of the main reservations that I have about this technique are that it is built upon correlational-based evidence (as opposed to cause-and-effect) and that in its popularity, it has become somewhat “larger than life” (emphasis is often placed on the brand name itself rather than the specific techniques involved). However, it is a solid and well-founded theoretical framework that I have found to produce reliable and consistent results.
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
In a nutshell, if you do not accept and commit to your situation, condition or limitations, your progress in life will be difficult. In order to use this approach, non-judgment and acceptance of both the situation and yourself are important; belief in your potential without cutting yourself down is even more urgent. One specific aspect of this type of therapy involves regulating your emotions by defining and committing to goals.