158. How to Use a Framework to Optimize Decision Making with the Author of “Choose Better” Dr. Timothy Yen
Do you ever feel like your best is not enough? Or that you know you’re not living the way you want to live but do not know how to change? Or simply feel too many negative feelings that it is hard to focus on anything else? If you said yes to any of these questions, there is hope because you do not have to live this way anymore!
Knowledge is power. People cannot act upon what they do not know. How does someone obtain knowledge of the outside world? You can read, watch informational media, or ask a friend. How about learning more about yourself and living well? You can definitely figure it out on your own through trial and error which may take 1, 5, or 10 years OR you can receive guidance by gaining more clarity and skills which can save you a great deal of time, energy, and potential heartache. If you are seeking answers to your life challenges and want it done in a supportive, non-judgmental, and professional way, then counseling with me may be the answer!
I believe in counseling as a collaborative process. That means you already have many strengths and life experiences that are vital to answering some of your life questions. My role is to highlight those strengths, uncover certain thoughts or behavioral patterns that are either working for or against you and find ways to live a life aligned with what is most important to you. My theoretical orientation is primarily family systems theory and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) which means I take the whole context of a person into account and believe it is crucial to managing one’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I also incorporate other theories and skills (e.g., Positive Psychology, Psychodynamic, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), etc.) for more integrated and holistic treatment.
Lastly, my personal faith and graduate education in therapy included biblical studies from a Christian worldview. As a result, even though I see clients of all faiths or no faith backgrounds, one of my areas of expertise is Christian member care. When integrating faith, I take a client-centered approach and honor the client’s lead in spiritual emphasis. Often, clients pursue to live a kingdom-centered life while grappling with emotional and relational challenges.