Personal Note to my Clients

Dr RivestIt seems hardly possible that I have been counseling professionally since 1985. Actually there are many more years than that if you count my college peers lining up to speak with the “Doc” for the sometimes very unusual college problems, followed by 10 years in industry and 12 more in teaching.

I love being there for people. I believe that all of my clients should receive merit badges for courage as they face the difficult obstacles that prevent them from being happy and achieving their goals.

Individual counseling covers just about everything. Depression comes to my door most often (I specialize in Depression and Grief Counseling), followed by pornography (usually the wives drag in their husbands), last the family of origin issues like codependency and relationship problems caused by childhood abuse or neglect.

I hate it the most when women come to me beaten down by what has come against them. I love it the most when they complete counseling and leave my office singing, “I am woman. Hear me roar.”

Sex, “If you can’t make it there you can’t make it anywhere.” What I mean is that the bedroom doesn’t lie. If it stinks there the relationship stinks also. There aren’t many Certified Sex Therapists around so I thought that would be an important thing to do. Sex therapy also covers such topics as sexual addiction (cyber sex), sexual enhancement, and gender identify.

Marriage Counseling, now that is another story. I love using couple’s counseling to heal childhood wounds. Isn’t that what real love is meant for? Isn’t poor communication an emotional hiding out? Isn’t that abusive husband the little bully boy and the enabling wife the little lost girl?

Your teenager holds a special place in my heart. They are having such a difficult time of it. Today more than ever teens are being pulled in every direction, most of which are unhealthy and immortal. Please remember that I am not replacing you the parent, rather am an advocate to help the teen figure things out.

I care for all my clients regardless of who they are, but because of my personal background, I have a special understanding of some groups that can be very helpful. So I will address them below.