Person-Centered Therapy was at the heart of my Master Degree program. With a greater focus on the person, rather than just the problems; the goal is to understand an individual’s experience from their perspective. This approach can help anyone to reconnect with their inner values and sense of self-worth, particularly in my practice - as a dynamic parent.
My work Coordinating a K-12 School Counseling program for 16 years involved handling every opportunity and challenge children faced - social, academic, physical, and emotional. This meant having many honest and practical conversations with parents about how to support their children. On the flip side, if interested, I'm glad to meet with your child once we have established positive parenting goals. By far, my best experience was learning along the way as a father myself!
I've been teaching parent education and led groups for partnered, separating, or divorcing couples for many years. I currently teach Parent Education classes for Family Court here in Portland. Most of the parents that I teach are having to figure out a new reality of co-parenting from separate households, or possibly on their own. It is possible to parent as a "team" even if no longer coupled. It takes practice and patience, but I can show you steps to smooth out the ride.