I’m naturally curious about how people live their lives and I love helping people rise to their own particular challenges. I’m also fascinated with what it takes to lead a full and satisfying life.
I’ve personally lost a number of important people early in my life and this has left me with an acute sense of the preciousness of time. I’ve learned that it’s critical to not let years go by feeling unhappy and unsatisfied.
But where do you start? There are plenty if examples out there of what not to do. We’ve all known people who can’t seem to get out of their own way, who self-sabotage or maybe just make consistently poor choices about where to invest their energies. Casting about for answers in my own life, I found the information about how to lead a good life to be patchy, scarce and at the end of the day, unsatisfying.
I was so driven to find answers to these questions that I eventually decided to quit my job and study psychology. In graduate school, I found that psychology was mainly concerned with identifying and describing problems. At the time, not much attention was given to building strengths and increasing life satisfaction. I began to worry that perhaps some of the most important questions I had about life were best left to writers and philosophers.
That all started to change when I began to work with people living with chronic illness. After some time, it became clear that there were some people who managed their conditions better than others. I noticed that by and large, those who remained engaged in life in a meaningful way were healthier and happier. These positive markers of health drove me to research and write extensively about this topic. I also discovered an emerging branch of the field called Positive Psychology.
Rooted in research and not platitudes, Positive Psychology answered many of the big questions I’d been asking myself for so long. This approach was indispensable in helping me to identify and capitalize on my inherent strengths to develop a life richer in purpose and meaning. It has also become an important perspective that drives my approach to treatment. I find it incredibly rewarding to help people shift their focus from longstanding problems to positive perspectives that help them live fuller, more satisfying lives.
I’d love to hear your story. Let’s talk about how I can help you discover your best life.