Professionals from all walks of life approach their work with a particular orientation as to what the work means to them and how it should be performed. Whether it is athletic coaches or doctors, or any of the other myriad professions, within each is a wide variation in approach to the work at hand.
From my perspective, a review of human faces reveals that we are all different, and yet, we are all essentially the same, as a human face is recognizable from all the other creatures' faces in our world. So too, the human mind, with its organization of emotions and ability to think and reason. Each is different and yet each is the same. Essentially, the two products of the human mind are emotions and thoughts. All human emotional and mental suffering comes from this place and therapy is the process of making sense of one's inner experience, followed by a heightened self-awareness and inner control.
In the end, it is the work of two people, myself and my client, in a safe and non-judgmental space that creates a successful therapy with a greater peace of mind, a sense of emotional intelligence and self-acceptance, and an increased ability to cope with strong emotional experiences.
My favored approaches and theoretical orientations:
- Cognitive Behavioral
- Emotional Intelligence Theory
- Mindfulness/Meta Awareness
Oh, the comfort - the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person - having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take them and sift them, keeping what is worth keeping, and then with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.
- Dinah Maria Mulock-Craik