My Approach to Helping Adults
Over the past 50 years, psychological treatments have been evaluated
using high scientific standards. I start with evidence based procedures.
With 30 years experience, I then apply the scientific starting point
to the individual life. I want to build a trusting supportive relationship
through careful listening, concrete instructions, and finding together
what works. The point of therapy is for the person to feel better
and to get on with life – without the therapist.
Coping with Cancer
For the past 12 years, I have worked extensively with adult cancer
patients to help them recover emotionally, to help them adapt to new
limitations, and even to help them live in the face of death. I start
with evidence based procedures to address problems such as: mood control,
fatigue, worry, sleep problems, sexual performance, pain, relationship
changes, and child rearing.
My approach to depression is to get the person engaged and moving.
That means doing things in spite of feeling bad and also getting
more physically active. The goal is to regain control and to make
the person feel good more of the time. The way to change feelings
is to change behavior.
The strange thing about anxiety and fear is that those feelings
just get worse the more you try to get away from them. The goal
of therapy is to experience the feelings in a controlled way so
that you can regain control.