Why “Honoring the Courage to Change”? Years ago, while working with those in recovery, I learned a prayer written by theologian Rheinhold Niebuhr and adopted by 12 Step Programs the world over. It’s known as The Serenity Prayer:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things that I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.”
This prayer is a point of reflection for me personally and reflects well the work done in therapy – finding the balance between acceptance and change and then finding the courage to make the changes that lead to peace of mind and spirit.
I honor the courage to change by:
- Recognizing that the hardest part of changing might be making that first call
- Ensuring a non-judgmental, safe and confidential environment
- Helping clients clarify and formulate clear, achievable goals
- Practicing in a professional, ethical and theoretically sound manner
- Recognizing that joining someone in their journey toward change is indeed an honor
Three key values create the foundation for my practice and the atmosphere that facilitates growth and change:
I understand how risky it may feel to meet with a new therapist for the first time. I make this process as comfortable as possible by extending genuine acceptance and concern. Developing a trusting, collaborative relationship is my priority at the beginning of therapy. This means, I am open to learning from my clients and want to work collaboratively with them to establish treatment goals and plans.
I have over 16 years of postgraduate experience providing individual and family therapy to people from all walks of life, particularly people from African American and Latino cultural groups. My theoretical approach is a combination of Family Systems Theory and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have acquired a variety of tools and techniques over the years and can be quite eclectic depending on the situation and need. I am dedicated to providing the highest quality treatment and I strive to continually learn and grow both professionally and personally. Since I am committed to my own growth, I participate in monthly clinical supervision, belong to a peer consultation group, read professional journals and books, and attend continuing education workshops. My clinical excellence also depends on my willingness to “practice what I preach.” Thus, I am always focused on attending to my own spiritual life, personal relationships and self-care.
I am committed to upholding the Ethical Standards of my professional association, the AAMFT. I uphold Federal and State Laws that protect all medical information. (See HIPAA Basics: Medical Privacy in the Electronic Age). My professional standards are also guided by my Christian faith. I am open to discussing issues around spirituality, belief and practice & past church experiences. I allow the client to lead in this area, do not proselytize, and enjoy people who have different beliefs and views.