I understand how difficult it can be taking those first steps in reaching out for assistance and talking with a therapist. My goal is to create a safe, nurturing environment where my clients feel comfortable in openly expressing their concerns. My therapeutic philosophy includes, first and foremost, working to build a trusting relationship with the clients I serve. I offer empathic counseling with professional care. Depending upon the presenting concern, I choose an evidence-based psychological theory to meet therapeutic needs and I collaborate with my clients in goal setting and treatment planning.
I have extensive experience with cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Over the last several years I have included Psychodynamic theory and Mindfulness based techniques to my practice as well. I have been trained in Trauma-Focused CBT as well as Trauma Art Narrative Therapy (TANT). I have had the opportunity to work with adults, teenagers, and children in individual, family, and group settings. Presenting issues have included; depression, anxiety, loss, bereavement, sexual assault, child abuse, family violence, behavioral concerns, military trauma, traumatic brain injury, serious medical diagnoses, and self-esteem issues. I also have experience practicing with perpetrators of physical and sexual violence.
I encourage client questions regarding my experience and practice during the first telephone contact.
or Call Kimberly Castner, Psy.D, LCSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 30385
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
It is very important to me that my clients feel comfortable and emotionally safe in the therapeutic setting. I believe the client-therapist alliance is necessary when working with and through challenging emotions, memories, and decisions. Trust is a necessary component for therapeutic progress in order to support the healing and change process. The alliance becomes even more important if a client should feel out of their comfort zone or is considering sharing information/stories they have never shared before. In sharing personal trauma or tragedy, for example, the client needs to know the therapist is able to hear his or her story and skilled enough to offer a appropriate support and/or clinical intervention. The client-therapist alliance can be developed quickly or it may take time due to initial impressions, the nature of the presenting concerns, client therapeutic history/experience, and openness to the therapeutic process. In considering this alliance, every client-therapist alliance will be different and grow at its own pace. I believe providing a patient and supportive environment is essential in forming this unique relationship and in achieving therapy goals.