My counseling style depends in part on what I feel will be most beneficial to you at any given point in your treatment. At times I will listen closely and be more reflective. At other times I will be more active and ask you thought-provoking questions. In general, my aim is to help you make constructive changes in your behaviors and to help you develop more empowering ways of viewing or making sense of your life experiences. Empathy, support and encouragement are essential ingredients in this mix. Sometimes I may have specific suggestions or even recommend that you take certain actions or do “homework” between sessions as part of the process. I view therapy as inherently collaborative. For your treatment to be successful, you and I will work together as a team. You are the expert on you. Your participation and input will be very important. (Note: refer to therapeutic approach item, above, for further information.)