Other important factors:
- My primary background is not academic, but practical. This informs all my interactions with my clients.
- I have lived the life of an adoptive parent with challenging children. I understand and respect both the pressures involved in building your family through adoption as well as the gifts and heartbreaks that may be present.
- I respect the complexity of each client's unique situation. I will not offer you a simple, automatic solution. If there were such a thing, you would have found it by now. The goal is not to turn you into the perfect parent or person, but to help you discover new ways of approaching life that increase your joy and peace.
- Counseling is a hard process. I have come to respect how difficult it is for people to come to me and bare their hearts. Finding a way through your present situation will take perseverance and creativity -- but there is hope. I have seen real change in myself, my children, and my clients. I have confidence that change is possible for you.