My Philosophy
I see counseling as a process where we work together so you can better accomplish your goals for the happier, healthier life you
desire.  My role is to act as your “mental health clinician”. During our counseling process, I will utilize my training, education, and
experience to help you better help yourself through improved ways of thinking and behaving in relation to your issues/problems.  Other
positive changes will come through helping you better identify and utilize the resources you already possess but have fallen out of
touch with.

Note:  there are no “quick-fix”, magical cures that will immediately take away your problems—either in or out of counseling. They don’t
exist. I also cannot rescue, fix, or save you from your difficulties. No one can. However, I can help you achieve your goals through
directing and supporting you to better approach your challenges in a healthier, more effective manner. We all face hardships and
problems. However, what separates us is how we deal with them. Together, we will generate better ways to achieve your goals and
overcome your challenges.

The positive changes that you can hope to expect from our counseling process will come from 3 main sources:  1) the work we do
together in the counseling session, 2) the work you do between our sessions to apply what we have talked about, and 3) any other life
event that shifts your life and/or how you approach the tasks at hand. Your counseling changes will be facilitated by the a) therapeutic
relationship we’ll share (based upon mutual trust and respect), b) the instillation of hope for change, and c) the utilization of a variety
of therapeutic techniques and approaches to the problem(s).

In my opinion, the purpose of all counseling is to eventually not need it anymore—much like training wheels on a bicycle or braces on
your teeth. I do not want to create an unhealthy “dependency” situation in our counseling process together. This is why I refrain from
trying to “rescue, fix, or save” you from your problems.  Changes with that approach tend to be short lived and ineffective anyway.  
Instead, I prefer to promote a healthy “interdependency” in our counseling relationship where I will: 1) listen to you, 2) share, confront,
and level with you in a patient, respectful manner, 3) review together with you better options for thinking and behaving differently
towards your problems, and 4) back off and allow you to incorporate what we have discussed (mostly by yourself outside of the
sessions).

During your change process, you will likely experience some “growing pains”. However, know that this is temporary and is to be
expected. Usually, you will change as much or as little as you are ready and willing to make happen. In truth, change requires hard
work, patience, and a commitment to do what is necessary. This is why some people state the myth “people don’t really ever change”.
However, people do change for the better. I have seen it regularly over the past 7+ years of counseling. All that is needed for a person
to change is for them to: 1) identify the area of their life they’d like to change, 2) learn and apply the best ways of making the change
happen, 3) stay committed to the process until the changes occur.

These efforts towards change need to be made in spite of whatever difficulties may arise or tempting old payoffs exist from the
previous self-defeating way of doing things. Counseling is where change steps #1-3 occur, with step #3 usually requiring a lifelong
commitment thereafter.  The good news is that our changes tend to become easier over time as we get better at doing whatever is
required. Not only does “practice make perfect”, it makes it easier as well.    

In short, in my counseling approach,  I'll help you not by giving you a fish to eat, but rather through helping you learn how to fish on your
own in a more effective, efficient manner.  If you can agree with my counseling approach, then we should have a positive, successful
experience together. I would like to help you attain you goals to become a happier, healthier person.  Give me a call to begin the
process.

Sincerely,

Randy A. Gilchrist, Psy.D.
Randy Gilchrist, Psy.D.
1899 East Roseville Parkway Suite 100
Roseville, CA  95661
(916) 899-4990   drgilchrist@yahoo.com
Counseling and Psychotherapy Services
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #MFC39159