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Can You Tell Me What I Can Expect From Therapy?

Making the decision to get help with difficulties in our lives is not only a big step, but also the first step in figuring it all out.  Where do I go? Who do I call?  What does a therapist do?

When I work with clients, I don’t like to place them in a diagnostic box or sit passively and ask, “What do you think about that?”  I listen to what you have to say.  Then we roll up our sleeves and go to work.

I work on a sliding scale fee.  That means that’s a reflection of my decision to work with a broad range of patients, not just people who can pay top dollar for therapy.  If you don’t think you can afford therapy, call or e-mail me and we’ll see what we can figure out.  If for some reason I’m not able to see you, I’ll work with you to find someone who can.

I try to approach each session as a coach or consultant for my clients. While as the therapist I do bring expertise on change and various issues to the sessions, I also believe that each client is an expert on herself or himself. I try to use my  training and expertise in asking the questions that get clients “unstuck”. I also educate my clients about issues they are dealing with and help them apply this knowledge to their specific situation.

While some time in the session will focus on discussing the problem, we spend the majority of the time talking about solutions. In addition, homework assignments are generally given so you can continue to work even when not in a formal session.  This allows clients to work on developing new skills when not in the therapy room. I try to set clear goals in the first few sessions and will be monitoring our progress toward those goals on a regular basis.

Each person needs a specific combination of modalities that tailors toward their personality and comfort level. As an integrative therapist who has trained in multiple methods, I intuitively draw upon the combination of approaches that will be most efficient and beneficial to you and in helping you meet your goals.

Psychodynamic Therapy– addresses the impact of early childhood conflicts on your current life by helping you become more aware of their influences. Uncovering these recurring patterns can help you avoid repeating them in your present life. I use aspects of psychodynamic therapy when these patterns emerge in the moment.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy- addresses the effect your automatic thought patterns and actions have on your moods and behaviors. CBT often involves using worksheets and homework to help you identify and challenge your particular thought patterns. The behavioral component involves designing situations in and out of session (exposure therapy) which will challenge your automatic assumptions by having you face those situations that you fear. This therapy is very effective in helping people master their anxieties and regain their lives. CBT has been proven to be one of the most effective treatments for OCD and anxiety related disorders including PTSD, panic attacks, addictions and phobias.

Mindfulness- Mindfulness is a way of paying very precise attention to what we are doing in the present moment. We pay attention to our thoughts, sensations, reactions and judgments as they occur.  By seeing our identification with our thoughts and feelings, we become aware of  space that exists for new reactions, which ultimately can create new perceptions, new moods and new states of mind.

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