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Using a therapeutic approach that is collaborative and active, we will work together to formulate a plan for treatment based upon your goals. I provide a respectful, safe, and supportive environment for change informed through years of professional experience as well as scientific research. I am sensitive to issues of culture and individual differences. I will assist you in constructing practical solutions to current concerns, with an understanding of how your past relationships and experiences affect your life today.
My goal is to support you in identifying and utilizing your strengths to achieve your personal goals and desired behavior change, as well as facilitating your emotional expression and healing, and promoting your physical and emotional health, well-being, and personal growth.
My theoretical orientation blends cognitive-behavioral therapy with family systems theory. I believe that most of us are doing our best to problem solve, cope and tend to the relationships in our lives. Sometimes we get stuck in patterns or interactions that are not working well for us. I enjoy helping people make changes to ways of doing, thinking, and/or interacting that are more satisfying as well as noticing when they are doing things that work well. I know that small actions can generate outcomes that make a difference and that everyone is capable of small adjustments!
What to Expect
Your first visit will last up to sixty minutes and will be an opportunity for us to get to know one another, and determaine if the therapeutic relationship will be a good fit for you. We will begin with a thorough assessment, gathering a relevant history about yourself, your symptoms, and the current problems you wish to address. You can prepare for this introduction by being ready to discuss what issues have brought you to therapy, what symptoms you are having, and by providing specific information (such as medications and dosages) that might be useful alnd pertinent. Also, please be ready to ask any questions you might have for me.
Together we will develop a plan of treatment and a frequency to meet. Session frequency will depend upon your budget, availability, the complexity of your goals, thse severity and intensity of your distress, and your ability to cope between sessions.
Subsequent visits are fourty-five minutes in length. At each visit we will review any “homework” that was provided as part of your previous visits, as well as any agenda items you or I may provide for consideration as they relate to your goals. Together we will decide what are the priorities for your time at each appointment. Periodically we will also discuss progress toward your goals and if our time together is useful, effective, and meeting your needs. If at any time this is not the case I encourage you to talk with me.