My experience has shown me that therapy cannot be one-size fits all. Every individual has unique ways in which they learn, whether it is spoken, visual, experiential or a combination of those. People also conceptualize things differently. Some people resonate with metaphors, while others see things in a more concrete way. I see these differences as a good thing, that should be celebrated. For this reason, I do not utilize the same approach to counseling with every person.
While I do adapt my work to fit the individuals I work with, I do practice with an understanding that there are different ways that counseling can be used. Some of them are short-term and others span a longer time-frame. Regardless of the path, I believe that an understanding of our earliest experiences gives us immense freedom. While understanding key stressors in the day-to-day can be fruitful, certain conditions require more exploration.
I believe we all carry a story, which has value, which is why I was drawn to certain elements of Narrative Therapy, which was started in Australia and New Zealand. My training includes a lot of different pieces of counseling work and I hope to share some of them with you (or your loved one).