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How I Work

The Quality of Our Relationship is of Utmost Importance

It is my belief that you have the innate capacity for growth and healing. In order to facilitate this, as your therapist, I place a great deal of emphasis on building a trusting and supportive relationship with you. A strong relationship with me will help you feel safe to explore your inner world and test new ways of being.

Our relationship will be the foundation of our work that helps bring about the changes that you need in order to feel better about yourself and your life. We will work together collaboratively utilizing  your inner wisdom and my expertise until we achieve the results that you want.

Your Role in Therapy

A sincere desire and strong motivation to improve your life is essential to having a positive therapy outcome. It takes effort, commitment, and persistence for lasting change to occur. Learning new ways of being in the world often requires courage and the willingness to step out of your comfort zone.

Depending on your primary problem, we may develop an action plan for you to complete in between sessions. These plans help you practice new skills, build your confidence and advance your progress. In fact, taking small steps toward your growth every day often leads to the best therapy outcomes.

I Use Scientifically Proven Therapy Approaches

The approaches I use are well established and backed by a wealth of research showing their effectiveness.

My goal is to provide the highest quality of treatment in the shortest amount of time. Depending on your unique needs and goals, I will adapt my approach and treatment methods so that you can achieve the best outcome possible. Below is a list of treatments approaches I draw from:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): The Gold Standard of Treatment for Anxiety and Depression

CBT is an approach that is helpful for many problems. In CBT, the client and therapist work as a team to help you change distorted thinking, negative emotions and behavior. CBT is solution-focused. Its effectiveness has been shown in more than 1000 studies for a wide range of problems.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT was originally developed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. Over the years, it has also been found to be extremely useful for people suffering from depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and a myriad of other mental health problems. DBT can help you be more skillful in managing strong emotions, interpersonal relationships and difficult situations.

Person Centered Therapy (PCT)

Person centered therapy emphasizes the importance of therapist qualities of empathy, unconditional positive regard and genuineness in forging a strong therapeutic relationship with the client.

Motivational Interviewing techniques help facilitate your motivation for change.

The Steps in our Work Together

Step 1: A No-charge Phone Consult
The first step is to call for your free 15-minute telephone consultation. Contact me here. On this call, we will discuss your problems and concerns, and you can ask me any questions that you like. We will then decide whether we are a good fit to work together. If so we’ll schedule an initial evaluation.

Step 2: Your First Therapy Appointment
The duration of our first therapy appointment is 90 minutes. In this session, we will complete a comprehensive assessment, which allows me to get to know you and your life history. We will also discuss your goals for therapy and begin to clarify a plan to get where you want to be. Finally, I will explain the best treatment approaches that I think will be helpful for your particular problems.

Although rare, after the initial evaluation,  I may refer you to another provider, if I think another provider will better meet your needs.

Step 3: Subsequent Sessions
Typically, we’ll begin meeting weekly so that you get a strong start. You are likely to see improvement more quickly when you meet with me consistently each week. As you begin to feel better, we can decrease the frequency of sessions, gradually tapering off until we terminate the sessions.

Ready to get started?

Contact me to book your free, 15-minute phone consult.

Contact me for your free phone consultation at 406-539-5569.