My Approach 2018-01-15T01:47:08+00:00

You can reach me at 208.557.8603. My office is located on 6th Avenue next to Idaho State University in the University Historic District of Pocatello.

My approach to counseling takes into account how past experiences can influence how current events are experienced. Treatment modalities that use this perspective include psychodynamic approaches, experiential approaches, trauma-informed approaches, buddhist psychology and eye-movement desensitization processing (EMDR). Regardless of what modality I use, I operate with certain assumptions in mind, including the following:

All states of mind are workable.

Research has shown that mindfulness, when combined with other forms of treatment, can be more effective in addressing symptoms associated with stress, anxiety, depression, trauma and relationships than other forms of treatment alone.

When you work with me you learn how to stay grounded while paying attention to what is needed in the moment. You learn to pay attention to your experience in a special way so that you can hold space, be present with, and tolerate what is challenging you. You can then be more flexible and effective in your response.

There is basic wisdom in everything we experience.

Here are some questions I might ask you during the course of therapy:

  • As you tell me your story, what are you noticing in your body?
  • What is happening right now?
  • What does this feeling remind you of?
  • What are you experiencing right now?
  • What are you trying not to experience right now?
  • Can you be with or breathe into what is happening right now and stay with it?

Counseling is an investment in the future. You do not need to be sick or broken to benefit from it.

To clarify how counseling is an investment, conduct a cost-benefit analysis. Consider the costs associated with counseling and compare those with the price you might pay if you don’t address the issues that are troubling you.

For a perspective on what you would pay, compare the cost of psychotherapy with luxuries you ordinarily spend money on, such as a vacation, health spa or entertainment.

Counseling does not have to be a big deal or a long term project. Perhaps all you need are a few sessions, just like you might get a check-up with the dentist or a tune-up from a car mechanic.

Choose your counselor wisely. Interview several counselors before you decide who to work with. Ask questions about the approach each would take on your issue and what relevant training they have on your area of interest. A strong working relationship is key to therapeutic success so look for someone you feel you can work well with, i.e. a counselor who “gets you,” who seems trustworthy, professional and understands your issue.

Once you decide who to work with, collaborate with your counselor to identify well defined goals so that counseling stays on track and has a clear end in sight. Ask questions throughout the therapy process. Give your therapist feedback about what is working and what is not. Stick with therapy long enough to give it a chance to work. Make sure you learn skills that you can use long after counseling ends. Once you have met your goals, schedule one last session to review your progress and solidify your gains.

Consider engaging in counseling on and off throughout your entire life to address developmental, existential and spiritual concerns as they emerge. Personal growth, health, living your values, finding meaning, and having intimate relationships are all valid reasons for engaging in counseling or psychotherapy.

Counseling through private practice is different than at an agency.

I work in a 100 year old building that has an interesting history and architecture. It is a comfortable setting where you can relax. You are invited to leave your shoes at the door as I work next to what used to be a meditation hall. As such there is a certain kind of informality in how I deliver my services. At the same time, my professional standards are high. When you work with me you receive quality, customized and confidential counseling. I take the time needed to analyze your issues and consider thoughtfully about how to proceed. I stay up-to-date with the latest in counseling and psychotherapy. To further ensure quality, I may conduct additional research or consult with other highly trained colleagues (while preserving your confidentiality).

The office is located in a very quiet and confidential setting.