But before that, I was involved in the pursuit and struggle to find out what I really wanted to do with my life.
Since the age of 20, out of a necessity and a desire to live up to my potential, I have been working on personal issues. My life has taken a long and winding road towards personal growth and healing.
Over the years, I have worked individually, in groups, and in workshops with a variety of different therapists, and have been exposed to a wide range of therapeutic methods and processes. So I have been there, groped in the dark, grasped at straws, tried, fallen down, and picked myself up again. And again.
One major influence, and the basis of my psychotherapy practice, is Gestalt, a holistic experiential approach to developing personal potential that includes cognitive, emotional, behavioral and mindful components.
Because Gestalt takes someone’s entire being into consideration – physical, emotional, intellectual/mental and spiritual – I have found it to be the most effective psycho-therapeutic change process.
Other therapeutic modalities, including CBT (cognitive behavior therapy), CT (cognitive therapy), SFT (solution-focused therapy) and coaching have informed my practice, as has my ongoing participation and recovery in a 12-step program for over 30 years.
The 12-step program I was fortunate enough to find has influenced my understanding of addiction, mental and emotional health, and the personal importance of developing a spiritual outlook on life. And while I am profoundly grateful for this, I understand that this type of approach is not for everyone.
Gestalt has helped me become aware of and accept who and what I am, what I want and need, and to recognize and own my emotions, understand their impact on my body and in my life, and to use them in a constructive way.
Like many other human beings, I am a work in progress, and anticipate learning and growing until it is my time to leave the planet.
Since one size does not fit all, and given that each individual’s path to healing and change is unique, in my practice I use the methods most appropriate and helpful to the client.