My Approach to Helping
I work with teens, adults, and families from an empathetic and systemic perspective; the systemic therapy approach is holistic and integrative, recognizing that each individual exists in the context of the relationships around them. Therapy can be a useful tool for personal growth as well as resolving relationship or communication problems; often the decision to begin therapy is a step towards more self-awareness and authentic living. Therapy provides the time and space for you to process your emotions and thoughts, as well as gain new insights into your life and relationships.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
Sometimes therapy can bring up strong or unpleasant emotions. Hopefully, you are working with a therapist you can be honest with, so that the two of you can discuss any concerns you have or things that are not working for you. Feedback from you is important so that therapy sessions can be tailored to fit your needs. If you had a negative therapy experience with a previous therapist, you have already learned some of what works and does not work for you in therapy, and that is valuable information to share with your next therapist; who hopefully will be a better fit for you. Each therapist has a unique style and method of collaboration; starting therapy again with someone new after a negative therapy experience can be difficult, but so worth it once you are able to connect with the right therapist for you!
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
Finding the right therapist for you is essential! There are many models and interventions used in therapy, however, research on therapeutic outcomes tells us that the client-therapist alliance, or relationship, is one of the strongest predictors of success in therapy. In other words, finding a therapist that you feel you "mesh" with is one of the most important things you can do when you begin therapy.