I prefer to use a “Humanistic,” approach when working with clients. This is an approach that focuses on helping individuals realize their own capabilities and empowers them to be a driving force in their treatment. It is an approach that encourages positive self exploration and confidence building. I am a firm advocate for the harm reduction model, client-centered care, and take a very conservative approach when utilizing psychiatric medications, believing that it is only complementary to holistic care. I believe that medications are a useful tool, but should be implemented safely and only when the potential benefit outweighs the potential harm.
My role within the therapeutic relationship is to act as a guide and an educator to allow the client to make informed decisions about their health, mind, and body. I am interested in acting as a guide for clients who are wanting to explore their own journey to “wellness,” and understand that healing is not just a reduction of symptoms, but also that it is improving quality of life and that it is, for the client, a sense of excitement about one’s future. I have a particular interest in working with those who have experienced trauma but am also interested in a wide spectrum of mental health disorders, including altered mental states.