Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Look for someone who has the training in your area of interests. Find someone who is interested in listening to you and achieving goals. I like to find ways of encouraging people to identify and come up with their own solutions to any diffiuclties they may experiencing. People generally have the answers inside themselves and just need someone to help them recognize it.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. I would want them to have goals and help me to reach them by explaining the process and overcome any blocks. For example, when recieving services from our agency, we help come up with a plan for your goals. We also help you to explore any ostacles in your progress so you can acheive goals such as decreased stress, more positive thoughts, etc.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Look for someone who has great training and experience in their field. For example I have attended many trainings and been trained by psychologists in family, play or individual therapy.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. It is important to think about what you realistically expect from being in therapy or coaching. What do you reasonably expect to change within a session or two? What do you realistically expect to change in a year? Sometimes identifying stumbling blocks to goals takes some time and effort as well as planning and implementation of the plan.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love assisting others in self discovery and coming up with a plan to become their best in whatever goals they choose to achieve in therapy.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Mostly People ask how fast will something change and what is my part in the process? Change often takes time and effort from everybody.There is a huge part that you will play in any change for yourself, family or children.Working together with the therapist to think through our part in intergral to changes in families.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I recently took some extra classes in the field of addictions because of the rise of addiction diffiuclties in our society and to better understand the roles it plays in people's lives. This can be either as a user or a concerned family member. I hope to be able to offer addictions counseling in conjuction with my other specialties in the near future for those who personally have in substance use issues.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. One of the things that is changing at the moment is using online video or phone teleconferencing for mental health issues. New ideas and rules of interacting are being developed and make things easier for those who have time, mobility or distance issues. Online or phone access gives clients more options and easier access.