Human beings have the ability to grow and develop their potentials throughout their lives, but sometimes they get stuck in dysfunctional patterns of relating and thinking, as they respond to various life challenges. I attempt to help people to get unstuck from these patterns and find life affirming ways to grow and move on from their life challenges. I find this process to be very rewarding as a therapist, as I observe this freeing up evolve with my clients, over the course of their therapy.
Approach to Therapy: I believe that if we live then we will at times experience suffering and losses, but I also believe that we can learn, grow and even transcend these experiences. During some of these challenging times in life people can benefit from therapy. I attempt to help my clients to explore their potential for change, growth, and self empowerment. I am a compassionate but challenging therapist, who uses humor and creativity in the therapeutic process. I enjoy working with a wide variety of clients with a wide variety of concerns. My experience in working with clients has mainly been with clients from 18 years old to well in their 60s. I have worked with people from all over the world, and from a wide variety of cultures and ethnic groups. I enjoy doing therapy with individuals and couples, plus facilitating various types of therapy groups.
Professional Background: I earned my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 1985 from Indiana State University and completed a predoctoral internship at the University of Maine at Orono, Counseling Center. Since 1972 I have worked as a therapist in community mental health, drug and alcohol recovery, plus I was also a Title 1 elementary school counselor for a year. For over 37 years I have worked in college and university counseling centers providing therapy for students, faculty and staff, of which 29 of those years I was a therapist at the University of Oklahoma Counseling Center.
License: Licensed Psychologist (OK-509)
Memberships: American Psychological Association
Division of Humanistic Psychology
Division of Counseling Psychology