A one-size-fits all approach to counseling is not effective. That is why I treat each person as a unique individual, creating a customized treatment plan that best meets his or her needs. Depending on the individual's needs, I utilize a mix of Family systems, cognitive behavioral, strengths-based, Christian, rational emotive behavioral, humanistic, and relational integrative therapy.
First introduced by Murray Bowen in the 1960s, this therapeutic approach recognizes that each individual functions within a system of relationships. Thus, the health of the individual depends on the quality and strength of his or her relationships. It positions the family as an emotional unit, and emphasizes that an individual's current behavior must be evaluated in light of his or her family of origin.
This solution-focused, short-term therapeutic approach is extremely effective in the treatment of even the most severe cases of anxiety and depression. By identifying dysfunctional behavior, thoughts, and emotions, individuals are able to quickly get to the root of their problem.
I am a Christian, and I completed a majority of my training hours as a counselor at a large church here in Lincoln. I offer counseling from a Christian perspective when my individual clients request it. Christian counseling can include: prayer, scripture readings, Bible-centered discussions, and an emphasis on the concept of grace. Unlike secular culture, which is very performance-driven, the Christian grace-based perspective is refreshing, comforting, and deeply healing. This approach can be integrated with any of the other therapeutic approaches.
This empowering therapeutic approach is an umbrella term for two distinct types of of therapy: 1. gestalt, which emphasizes the client's current thoughts and feelings instead of focusing on the past; and 2. client-centered, which aims to provide a supportive environment in which the client's deep reservoir of internal resources can surface. Both approaches seek to maximize human potential.
The Gallup Organization, headquartered nearby in Omaha, pioneered the strengths-based approach. Having worked at Gallup for over twenty years (during the time that the strengths-based approach was developed), I automatically tune in with and seek to maximize my clients' strengths. Thus, I often combine this approach with other therapeutic approaches. I believe that everyone should know how to harness and channel their strengths into their current work and life situations.