Dawn’s Approach to Therapy

Did you know that there are hundreds of different theoretical approaches to counseling? At the turn of the 20th century, Freud’s psychoanalytic theory was pretty much the only game in town. But times have changed, and most modern-day counselors take advantage of the wealth of new counseling approaches that are now available. Therapists have realized that no single theory can account for and address all of the diversity of human experience.

For that reason, most counselors now use an integrative approach that combines concepts, strategies and techniques from a variety of therapeutic models. This approach allows the therapist to view clients and their complex issues from many different dimensions. A counselor that uses only one approach is like a shoe salesman that puts a size 4 shoe on every customer’s foot; his shoes are not going to be a good fit for most people – in fact they could even cause pain!

My integrated approach incorporates concepts and principles from several major theories including Cognitive-Behavioral, Person-Centered, Spiritual, Psychodynamic, Existential, Gestalt, Family Systems and Multicultural modalities. Using these theories, I am able to build a conceptual framework in which we can more fully understand the issues you bring to therapy.

Another part of my approach includes closely collaborating with you to bring healing, increase self-awareness & understanding, break old patterns of thoughts & behaviors and find the clarity, direction and change you are longing for. This happens by creating a safe, casual, non-judgmental environment where you can talk openly and confidentially about your life concerns, problems and hopes. From our discussions, we’ll establish goals and then utilize techniques and strategies that are tailored to be a good personal fit for you.

If desired by a client, I am able to integrate a Christian faith perspective with therapy. I also welcome clients interested in exploring life meaning or growing in spirituality, from new seekers to those further along on the path (click on this Contemplative Counseling link for more info). I enjoy dialoguing about challenging questions & doubts that often arise in a spiritual journey.


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