My goal is to help you raise your awareness, to improve your psychological health, reach your goals, and discover your growth potential.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in ORLANDO, FL
I have spent over 30 years working voluntarily with individuals who struggle with issues of addiction and I have spent the last 2 years working with individuals clinically at an intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization treatment program. I know the 12 steps are not the answer for everyone and my experiences can help you figure out the best options to beat your addiction. I know how hard it is to stop or even seek help. Together, we can free you from the bondage of addiction.
As men, we know that life can be hard! Frequently, we are depleted of hope and then filled with regrets. Disappointments and self-doubt plague our thoughts and control our behaviors. We are dazed by people, places, things, and situations we cannot control or change. We also suffer sorrow, injury, and fear, along with being exposed to infidelity, suspicion, and ruminations. Yet, we are not allowed to speak of it because we are "men." I help men get in touch with who they want to be.
As a member of the LGBTQ community, I realize the great need for empathetic and competent therapists who focus on our unique needs and perspectives. Many of us have been overwhelmed by shame, tried to compensate for that shame, and are now trying to cultivate the authenticity of who we are. I am able to help with Issues such as coming-out, transitioning, relationships, addiction, HIV, abuse, and social factors, and addiction. I have actively supported the LGBTQ community for the past 30 years.
I have been trained to help you through Motivational Interviewing to integrate specific goals for positive change and/or bring acceptance into your life. I offer detailed techniques to encourage you to achieve your stated desired behavior. I use our therapeutic relationship to empathetically confront your concerns, followed by Socratic questioning to help you discover your thought processes. We use your experiences to strategize solutions. The goal is to help you reinforce specific behaviors.
I have been trained to help you determine whether to adapt to or accept situations by the way you interpret your emotions, cognitions, and behaviors. This helps you bring meaning to your life which leads to self-actualization. I have been helping people grow, develop, and learn to be autonomous. My non-directive approach here provides awareness to you through reflection and by helping you with effective information processing.
By using directive CBT techniques, I am able to investigate with you the possible advantages and obstacles of your personal change and facilitate the awareness that they can be effective in bringing about your desired change. We agree on objectives that are evaluated and revised systematically to enhance your progress in therapy. When setbacks happen, I am there to help you reflect upon the skills that I taught you that are not working and adjust approaches while supporting their use.