Coaching and Workshops
- Authentic, open, personalized attention
- Setting clear goals and a path to achieve them
- A safe space to work on skills related to communication and trauma.
- Values-based intervention
- Individualized presentations and workshops to meet your needs
Life Meaning and Purpose
Moral Injury and PTSD
Therapy can often sound challenging and there’s certainly a lot of mental baggage brought along when the word comes up. As such, coaching has often become the go-to place for people wanting to receive help in their lives. In my own practice, I simply don’t see much of a difference between them.
What we are all interested in is making improvements in our lives and learning to live more openly, authentically, and with less suffering. Insurance companies require particular language around diagnosis and what is prescribed treatment. Since I don’t take insurance, any language concerning diagnosis becomes about creating windows to self-exploration rather than rigid labels to limit yourself by.
I am not a guru, nor do I believe therapy requires years to “achieve” results. My goal is to help build the skills for you to address the particular struggles within your own life.
We develop our personal experiences, project meaning, construct our stories and manifest our behavior within the relational web of our lives.
That relational web is perceived through the lenses of our various identities or perspectives. Think of them as the “hats” you wear at work, with your friends, and at home. All of these are you and yet the “real you” feels different because it is the self looking through all these different lenses or perspectives. The possible behaviors you could do, the form your stories take, and the type of social connections you build are all dependent upon which perspective we’re using.
To better pursue and fulfill your life goals begings with an exploration of what you care about, your Values. Through the skills we explore, based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), we move from Values to exploring the Narratives or Stories of your life, and open the space for new Behavior to emerge.
Presentations and Workshops
I’ve given over 40 presentations and workshops ranging from basic overviews of topics related to psychology to long-form group discussions, including managerial skills, explanations of and skills related to dealing with trauma, communication, and team-building.
Whatever the form it takes, an emphasis is placed on providing evidence-based material coupled with practical instructions.
Whether broader psychological principles are requested, or specific skills for communication and group development, I will work personally with you in developing the content to meet your needs.
To see several presentations that I’ve given, they can be found on the “About Me” section of this site.
Relational Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
“Values are the cognitive manifestation of an emotional state. No feeling exists unattached from a particular situation or object (person, place, or thing). This is because feelings are an initial evaluative tool. They’re an immediate way for us to start the path of our response to a situation or object. The way we describe our relationship between an emotion and what is being evaluated is through the use of a Value.”
“Behavior is our humanity interacting within the relational reality in which we all reside. Existing within that established social space, it not so much creates a new experience as discovers the potential residing within each situational context. This is why we cannot simply do anything we want, whenever we want, our behavior must manifest within the layered context of each personal Vision and social possibility.”
“Narrative is a broad term that holds the notions of perspective, structure and intentionality. It is the process through which we decide what is important to us among the vast information in our experiences, organize our responses and direct the attention of others to the self-image we’ve constructed.”