Sometimes people experience emotional problems (e.g., anxiety, depression), behavioral problems (e.g., overeating, excessive alcohol use), or relationship problems (e.g., excessive arguing) that interfere with their daily functioning. These difficulties result from the interaction of biological, learning, behavioral, and environmental factors. These factors influence patterns of thinking and behaving. Negative life events can contribute to the development of self-defeating patterns of thinking and behaving, which some people can have difficulty changing. My work is guided by the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy, a pragmatic, research-based approach to dealing with the difficulties that life frequently presents. Within the role of teaching, I assist people to identify self-defeating patterns of thinking and behaving and replace them with more realistic patterns. Within the role of coach, I emphasize the importance of practicing the realistic patterns of thinking and behaving consistently, so people can take control of their emotions and act in more responsible and healthy ways.