I’m a graduate of The Brown School of Social Work at Washington University (’05) and have lived in St. Louis since 2002. I’m licensed as a clinical social worker in Missouri and Illinois. I am also a certified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®.
I don’t really think of myself as a “therapist,” at least not in the way I have experienced therapy as a client. I never liked it when the therapist just sat there and looked at me and took notes and asked bland questions like, “so how does that make you feel?” If that is the kind of therapeutic relationship you want, I am not the right provider for you.
I am an active participant in my clients’ work, so I think of myself more as some combination of: counselor, coach, ally, co-conspirator, teammate, facilitator, and accountability partner. I am here to brainstorm with you ways that you can feel better ASAP.
As such, I believe in jumping right in. While some approaches require months or years of treatment, I don’t think -for most people- that is necessary. I’m pretty much entirely solution-focused. This means the modality I most often use is practical, results-oriented, and focuses on solving the current problems in your life. I don’t waste the first few sessions taking a detailed social history unless you think I need to; typically, we start problem-solving right away.
In addition to being solution-focused, I take an eclectic, client-centered approach to counseling and coaching. What this means is that our process is unique to you; I don’t have a prescribed “one size fits all” style. My approach is conversational, empathetic, and nonjudgmental, meaning you can tell me anything without fear of condemnation or judgment. You can expect honest and extremely direct feedback. My therapy style is challenging, but without being confrontational. Couples find me to be objective and fair to both parties; typically, progress can be made right away even in the midst of significant dysfunction.
My workshops reflect my therapeutic style and are a natural offshoot of how I do counseling. I specialize in communication with a particular interest in increasing effective communication between different personality types and learning better ways to engage in conflict. I enjoy working with groups of all sizes and types, and my classes are always informal and interactive.
Similarly, my business consulting approach is rooted in the idea that human capital is our greatest asset in the workplace, and that EQ can be taught and enhanced to increase productivity, employee retention, and workplace satisfaction.
“Whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should…”
—from “Desiderata” by Max Ermann