One key element in any therapy is to create a safe, holding space for the client or clients. Within the safe space we hope the client or clients can explore whatever issue, idea, feeling, or experience they have. The goal is always greater self understanding and a greater centeredness in the good they have within them.
I listen mostly. I stay in touch with my own feelings and try to use them to interpret the feelings of my client. I listen for the story of the life and those places where the story does not seem to make sense for the client. Together I hope to engage the client in an exploration of meaning in their life story and their future ambition. Being able to understand the meaning is a powerfully curative affect for anxiety and depression.
I am available for consultation and supervision. I have over 25 years of experience working in all modalities of mental health. I have experience in mental health centers in the U.S.; community centers in Latin America, schools, including therapeutic schools; addiction treatment; hospice and bereavement.
I am available for consultation and therapy for those preparing for or new to ministry. I have experience in working in faith communities. Although I am Catholic with a background in Christian theology and spirituality, I have worked with people of all faiths.