I offer a variety of counseling services through my counseling practice. Each is designed to help you live a more fulfilling, engaging and intentional life. Alongside talk therapy, I offer Art Therapy and Equine Assisted Mental Health as an invitation to the many healing benefits of cultivating creativity, horses, nature, movement and touch. In my therapeutic practice, I integrate art therapy and equine assisted psychotherapy with cognitive behavioral therapy. The client can tell their story through the process of art making and the horse as a way to explore their own life as a daring journey; to embody new sources of strength, creativity and renewal. Which approach is right for you?
I always encourage my clients to seek insight about themselves for the purpose of living more rich and meaningful lives. I have found the use of objective and valid screening tools to be helpful for my clients. Further, when my clients choose to share their results with me I have found the information to be a valuable aid in our work together.
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Cognitive therapy adds another dimension – the Here and Now – and therefore can spur change in a timely fashion. Cognitive therapy examines how an individual perceives and interprets meaning in his/her daily life. It was originally designed to treat depression, but is now used for a number of mental disorders. It works to solve current problems and change unhelpful thinking and behavior. Cognitive behavioral therapy mixed with Art therapy and Equine Assisted therapy works well in this situation; it develops a new, healthy view of past and current life situations.
It takes a great deal of humility for any of us to acknowledge that we are in some way stuck or unhappy, whether this is due to a problematic situation, a stagnant or conflictual relationship, or a self-defeating way of approaching things. It takes courage to open one’s self to explore the underlying beliefs and emotions that perpetuate these issues. Therapy can provide fresh insight and objectivity about these beliefs and emotions, allowing you to develop new ways of approaching the situations or patterns that are troubling you. My role as a therapist is to provide psychological perspective, to facilitate a productive inquiry about your concerns, and to help you develop new skills so that you can make vital changes in your life. Through one-on-one meetings, you can come to see yourself, your obstacles and your opportunities more clearly – and make decisions that bring you closer to the person you want to be and the life you want to live.
Within a group of peers united by shared issues and/or goals, you can gain a sense of belonging — and learn and grow in an understanding and supportive environment.