My Theoretical Approach
The following are the three primary counseling approaches that I return to again and again.
Person-centered: I see the positive in a person and believe that we have good reasons for our behavior, even if they are unhealthy or "bad". Everyone naturally strives to learn, grow, and become the best version of themselves, to reach one’s potential. Also, I believe that everyone is unique and has a unique worldview. As a helper I attempt to see the world as you see it.
Existential: It is an essential human characteristic that we seek meaning in our lives. We have the responsibility for our life, the freedom to make choices—often more than we think—and create a life that is in accordance with our beliefs, values, interests, personality and strengths.
Solution-focused: This approach is very goal- and future-oriented and very practical. It conveys the belief that small changes can make a huge difference and that not all problems need months or years to work on. This approach is positive since it focuses on your strengths and resources, utilizing them to find your unique solutions.
Career Development Theories and Concepts: Design Thinking (Stanford), Happenstance Learning Theory, Savickas, Super, Holland.
Other theoretical frameworks, concepts, and people influencing my work include: Positive Psychology, Jungian/Archetypal Psychology (Hillman, Kast), Irvin Yalom, Non-Violent Communication, Self-Compassion (Kristin Neff), Brene Brown, Loving-Kindness Meditation, Gratitude (Steindl-Rast).