My Approach to Helping
Therapy is a collaborative process between two people, which can include both skill-building and self-exploration. I take an integrative approach, combining relational interpersonal-dynamic therapy with various problem-focused orientations including interpersonal social rhythm therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. Humans are social beings, and consequently, most of our emotional difficulties occur in an interpersonal context. Relational approaches help me to understand this, see the client as a person-first (rather than focusing solely on the diagnosis or problem), and explore the ways the client sees their-self and relates to others.
Most clients determine to meet weekly and not to set an end date to therapy. Other clients have a clearly defined challenge or problem and want to address it in a time-limited approach, such as 8-16 weeks. Typically, the first session involves more back-and-forth to learn about each other and the reasons for starting therapy. The next few sessions might involve any initial skills that might help to quickly manage psychological symptoms - we may return to skill-building in future sessions if/when appropriate. After this, the client is seen as the expert in their life - the therapist helps reflect patterns or things the client may have missed or avoided in their psychological experience.