My Approach to Helping
My goal in therapy is to help clients move toward their best selves and best lives. I see the therapeutic journey as one embarked upon as a collaborative and empowering process.
Having worked in this profession for over a decade as a licensed professional, I am continuously learning from my clients. I am active, non-judgmental, authentic, creative, and draw from a variety of modalities and tools to guide clients in the process of insight and transformation that facilitates successful outcomes.
While I have training in a number of different approaches, I work with each client or couple to develop a unique treatment plan that accounts for the specific goals, resources, and style of the client. I both provide and invite feedback and suggestions to ensure that clients are benefitting from our work together.
I have a strong grounding in mindfulness and behavioral medicine, and take a whole picture view of each person or couple I treat to work toward optimization of functioning, sense of self-worth, and overall well-being.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
One of the things I hear most from clients is that they have had negative experiences in therapy due to a poor match. What research tells us over decades is that the best predictor of a positive outcome from therapy is the "goodness of fit" in the match between the therapist and client. When interviewing potential therapists, ask about familiarity with your particular concern, style of working, and other things that are important to you. See if you feel comfortable with a therapist in an initial interview and session. It's usually a bit nervewracking in the beginning, but trust and safety should develop over a little time.
As a client, if you are not benefitting from therapy, it is imperative to discuss this with your therapist to see if you can work through the impasse. If not, there are many therapists out there each with a different style. While we as therapists have degrees and expertise in particular areas, you as the client are the expert in your internal experience. Remember, your therapist works for you, so make sure you are getting your needs met from the experience.