My aim is to create a safe, supportive learning environment for each student. I focus on interactive, experiential learning, in order to maximize student engagement. Questions and activities are intended to critically engage students, promote curiosity, and broaden and/or challenge current beliefs and attitudes. I use a wide variety of activities in order to accommodate different learning styles. I am strength-based and use encouragement to help maximize each student’s development.
I like to share with students my own clinical experience, knowledge, and passion for helping others. I encourage students to think critically, identify and cultivate their unique strengths and gifts, and ultimately develop their own personal styles and approaches to counselling. I also want each student to develop a strong self-reflection competency, learn to appreciate and incorporate diversity issues into their work, and understand the importance of ongoing personal and professional development. I emphasize the importance of humility, curiosity, imagination, and creativity to counselling work. I also stress the importance of remaining open to new or differing ideas and perspectives.
After a long career as a therapist and clinical supervisor, I am very appreciative of the opportunity to teach at Adler University and help train and prepare the next generation of counsellors. I have discovered that I have the same passion for teaching as I do for clinical practice. I love the diverse student population, and their commitment to learning, social justice, improving communities, and helping others. The staff and faculty are very skilled, supportive, and encouraging.