My Philosophy

Martin W. Scrippp Ph. D. Clinical Psychologist

I believe in a collaborative approach to dealing with an individual’s psychological problems. I utilize social-psychological and cognitive-behavioral strategies in dealing with the meaning and purpose of clients’ symptoms and concerns. My approach also includes a strong psycho-educational component by recommending appropriate readings and homework tasks that accelerate the treatment process. The client is encouraged to take command of their lives and make decisions for their life course.

Therapy is designed to help people solve their problems in living by making changes in thoughts, feelings, and behavior. People seek therapy when other efforts have not brought the desired results in their lives. Other adjunctive treatment that is necessary or helpful will be considered and discussed fully with the client. With this being said, therapy is not always an even process - there are ups, downs, and even plateaus. The downs may not be a regression as much as a return of old behaviors or feelings that can be anticipated and dealt with appropriately. Consistent effort is needed!

Psychotherapy today does not have to be a long-term process depending on the specific issues. Our work is focused and starts with very clear goals about the outcome and the benefit that is sought. The therapist and the client are both responsible to aid the process of therapy in being useful and the result successful. The ultimate outcome of therapy is the client’s empowerment to live life under his/her own direction, mindful of his/her own efforts and goals.

Why See A Therapist?

I often ask people “who was there for you early in life who believed in you, took an interest in you, looked out for you?” Many can say there was someone {parent, grandparent, peer, teacher, coach, mentor, aunt, uncle, author, idea system}. Many don’t feel anyone was there. In which case there might have been a feeling of emptiness or loss along the way. Getting advice from anyone should answer how to go about the search for direction, wholeness or completeness.

You have a right to get some answers or good explanation about yourself, to take steps for growth and improvement, to stir a desire to know yourself. That’s what an experienced psychologist or therapist can give to someone and push one in a more helpful or insightful direction. Therapists can help clients make sense or purpose of their lives.