Counseling Philosophy 

My counseling philosophy is centered around an integrated wellness approach, which incorporates various evidence-based therapies to facilitate growth, healing, and transformation in clients. I believe that self-compassion, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Relational Cultural Therapy (RCT) are essential components of this approach, and I aim to use these techniques to create a safe and supportive space for clients to explore their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.

Self-compassion is a critical component of my counseling philosophy, as it helps clients cultivate a kinder and more accepting relationship with themselves. By learning to treat themselves with warmth, understanding, and self-compassion, clients can develop greater resilience and self-esteem, which can lead to better mental health outcomes.

Incorporating ACT into my counseling philosophy is another essential aspect of my approach. ACT emphasizes the importance of mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based living, all of which can help clients develop a greater sense of clarity, purpose, and direction. The goal of ACT is to improve psychological flexibility. Helping client's develop psychological flexibility enables them to be present in the moment while fully aware of emotions, sensations, and thoughts.... welcoming them, including the undesired ones. The six core processes of ACT are contacting the present moment, defusion, acceptance, self-as-context, values, and committed action. By learning to be present in the moment, accepting of their thoughts and feelings, and committed to their values, clients can develop greater psychological flexibility and resilience, which can help them navigate life's challenges more effectively.

Finally, I believe that Relational Cultural Therapy is an essential part of my counseling philosophy, as it recognizes the importance of relationships and cultural context in shaping clients' experiences. By exploring the ways in which clients' relationships and cultural backgrounds impact their lives, I aim to help clients develop greater awareness, connection, and empathy with themselves and others.

Overall, my counseling philosophy is rooted in an integrated wellness approach that prioritizes self-compassion, ACT, and RCT. By incorporating these techniques into my counseling practice, I aim to help clients develop greater self-awareness, emotional regulation, and connection with themselves and others, leading to more fulfilling and meaningful lives.