My style is somewhat direct as I work very hard to help clients explore, identify and articulate their reasons and goals for counseling. I attempt to help clients see their potential and move toward it as quickly and effectively as possible.
While some clients know exactly what they need and want, others may feel tossed and turned by circumstances in their life. Some clients are ready for immediate, strategic intervention and have the resources and energy to tackle it. While others need time to sort things out, to reflect, to learn, and to grow at a pace suited to their situation.
Although change and growth can occur amazingly fast, it does take time to reinforce and practice new thinking patterns, new emotional responses, and new behaviors. The human soul is not a “plug-and-play” unit that can be yanked out and replaced by some universal predetermined methodology. Inner transformation is a dynamic process that requires time, thought, and energy.
I believe that being heard and genuinely understood is healing in and of itself. Empathetic listening taken to the next level is where my counseling experience can help. My approach is strategic and solution-focused. So whether a person is ready for immediate and dynamic change, or a longer-term solution is needed, we will take time to develop a working plan on which to build the foundation to one’s success. I balance this approach by remaining open and mindful to the most simple, effective solution to a client’s problem. Sometimes less can be more!
Healing and recovery tends to be holistic. That is, a breakthrough in one area of a person’s life often cascades into many other areas as well. Finding the “keys” to one’s locked potential and well-being is always exciting and encouraging to me. I lean toward hope and optimism in every situation. As individuals are able to see their path in life, and their way to peace, their burdens tend to lighten and this “new” energy flows into their overall well-being to improve their quality and richness of life.
I have observed many clients learn to overcome a multitude of challenges: personal, relational, spiritual, academic and career. I have seen many clients experience healing, freedom and growth even during the worst situations of loss and grief — especially when their spiritual values and relationship to God are integrated into a holistic counseling experience.
“He who has begun a good work in you
will be faithful to complete it.”
——- (Philippians 1:6)
Thomas Isaac Berscheid, MA, LMFT, LPC
Ordained Minister and Certified Life Coach
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