My Approach to Helping
All people have within themselves the wisdom and guidance necessary to solve their own problems and to move their lives in directions that are meaningful and full of purpose. It is all in there, but we are never taught how to listen to it nor to follow it. Most of the work I do with people involves helping them learn how to follow their own guidance. The interventions I use with people derive from my training and study of human psychology, but they are always directed by what is naturally coming from my clients. The ultimate goal of therapy is that the role of the therapist is no longer necessary; this can take some time depending upon the person and the issues involved, but my experience has been that it is always possible.
More Info About My Practice
My practice is located in a convenient location in Coolidge Corner in Brookline. The office is clean and comfortable. I currently accept Blue Cross insurance; for private pay clients my fee is $140.00. I do work with people on a case by case basis should this amount make therapy with me prohibitive.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Don't be afraid to ask the therapist about their skill level, training, and experience in treating the particular problem that you want to address. No therapist is good at treating everything. You can ask open ended questions about the therapist's approach to treatment, and the issues that they are most effective at treating. It is also important that a therapist maintains healthy connections with professional peers. It is nearly impossible to do this work in isolation; all therapists need some kind of supervision. Ask about their support network and ask them to be specific.
Once you have a sense of the therapist's professional competence, the next factor is whether you think you will be comfortable entering into a relationship with this person. Studies have shown time and again that a good relationship with a therapist is essential if the therapy is going to have positive outcomes. Trust your instincts on this one.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
Most people remark after a session or two that therapy is not what they expected it to be. This can be true even for people who have had experience in therapy, both because therapists differ between one another, and because people's needs and capacities for change develop over time. No doubt it is often a difficult choice to seek help, but it is important to remember that the nature of the first session is like a job interview, for the therapist. It is okay (and even encouraged) for clients to shop around for a therapist, and there is never any assumption on my part that a person will choose to work with me after the first visit. That decision always rests in your hands. It is also not necessary to "unload" entirely on the first visit; getting to know the therapist is important, and many questions about the process will be answered after one visit.