Professional Interests

When something goes awry in life, problems can appear in several areas. Our mood may become anxious, angry, vulnerable, depressed, and more. Our thinking can become distorted, repetitious, or irrational. We may engage in behavior we later regret. We may feel distanced from others—rejected, unappreciated, abandoned, or indifferent.

Most of my professional interests fall into four categories.

Men’s Issues

Trust  © Bill Arck, 2013

Trust © Bill Arck, 2013

Increasingly, men are expected not only to work, but also to spend more time with home and family, and to be more emotionally expressive. My interest in working with men around these issues includes improving relationship skills, managing intense emotions such as anger, recovering from early life stressors, and balancing work and family life.

I also work with women who want to better understand the men in their lives—fathers, brothers, partners, or sons.

Couples Relationships

Sometimes couples find their interactions distressing, frightening, or painful. Fortunately, most relationships can improve. I take a life span view in helping members of a couple understand each other. We all develop relationship tendencies very early in life, based on what we see and experience. Understanding these lifelong patterns can provide a richer context for understanding current struggles and dilemmas. This deeper understanding makes it easier to learn the skills of effective relationships—talking more openly, loving more freely, and negotiating more effectively.

Late Adolescence

<em>Together</em> © John M. Robertson, 2013

Together © John M. Robertson, 2013

I love working with younger people who are beginning to transition from adolescence into adulthood. So many issues come up: friendships, roommates, relationships, parents, addictions, academic and career decisions. Sometimes, all that is needed is a safe place to think aloud about the experiences they have and the decisions they face.

Spiritual Concerns

Journey © John M. Robertson, 2013

Journey © John M. Robertson, 2013

Over the centuries, major faith communities have held many values in common. I have found that many of these transcending values have therapeutic value as well as spiritual meaning. Many examples can be cited: taking responsibility for ones own behavior; paying mindful attention to ones own motivations and intentions; respecting those with different backgrounds and experiences; feeling compassion toward all others; avoiding violent speech and actions; caring for ones family and community; engaging in healthy self-care; and acting responsibility in ones commitments and personal affairs. In therapy, it is always helpful for me to understand a person’s spiritual, religious, or philosophical views—and how these perspectives can inform our work together.

© Bill Arck, 2012

Peace © Bill Arck, 2012