In almost all of my clinical work and research over the past 16 years as a therapist, and before that, as a design consultant or creative director for clients who were making important emotional and financial decisions, I almost always proceeded in the same fashion. I would listen deeply to their needs and present thoughts and concerns. And, then I would urge them to move forward with their lives or their projects. When there was fear or anxiety in their voices, I would reassure them that the goal was reachable if they just took one step at a time. When your mind is filled with sadness, uncertainty, or fear of the future, and you want to change, you first must say to yourself, "yes." "Yes," I am ready to move on, ever so slowly sometimes, but essentially, I want to move on more deeply than I want to stay where I am today.
For this whole idea to be successful you must have a plan, be clear about your values in life, and know when you are moving toward those values and when you are moving away from them. So, that is what I love doing with clients, first listening deeply and then helping them discover their own "yes." Following that, we create a plan from their world.
My approach is caring and pragmatic, with a cognitive focus and often includes questions about the metaphors in your mind at the present moment. Like William James would suggest, I often ask the question: "Does that work for you?" And, if not, then we will find a solution together that represents moving toward one of the immediate goals in your life.
My AB in English is from University of California, Berkeley and MA in Counseling is from University of San Francisco. I have been an Assistant Golf Professional, Vice President of Marketing, Creative Design Director, Publisher, and numerous other things in my life before becoming an LMFT. All together, the clients in my different professions have ranged from multi-million dollar winery owners and financial insurance corporate CEOs to camera shop owners and severely mentally ill children and adults.
- Family conflicts
- Self esteem
- Career difficulties
I also have experience in Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues
LMFT #LMFT79617 (Expires: 2019-06-30)
Dr. Clark is very patient and has a strong expertise on listening.
Richard is an excellent listener who always offers good advice to address the concerns I am having. I particularly like the way he uses mock dialog to prepare me for future conversations and interactions.
So far our sessions have been great and thoughtful!
Richard Clark is an excellent counselor. He is intelligent, insightful, compassionate and a good listener. He also approached my situation in a way that I never thought of, and it helped me with my life-problems. He was also very supportive and encouraging of my strengths. Other good qualities that Richard has, is that he suggested for me to participate in a Groupinar, and also recommended some important books. Thank you Richard, for doing an excellent job.