I believe in working collaboratively with my clients to figure out what is best. I use different techniques and styles. I believe that everyone is different and there is no universal approach that works for all.
I have respect for all the ways in which people have learned to cope with life. I believe that some of our behaviors are influenced by our need to protect ourselves and survive. Understanding how the "past is present" or how the past is influencing our present, is important. It is just as important to understand how much we have learned in life and how many things are worth holding on to.
Getting through this journey will require time, curiosity and kindness. Once we can figure out what is happening and what patterns of behavior are eroding our ability to enjoy life, we can develop new strategies to thrive and flourish.