My Approach to Helping
I appreciate the uniqueness of each person that I work with, and feel that I can best help you achieve your goals by taking the time to get to know who you are and where you are coming from. For therapy to truly be effective I believe it is crucial for me to be able to understand you as a person, not just as a diagnosis or a "patient."
This means that I am interested in talking about more than just those parts of your live that you are struggling with. I think we also have to place them in the context of your strengths, successes, and aspects of your past that may have shaped you.
I also believe that for therapy to be helpful there has to be a good fit between us, not only in terms of goals and expectations for therapy, but also with regard to our personal connection. Though this sense of connection may not occur instantaneously, from our first meeting I strive to create an atmosphere of openness and trust that sets the stage for a collaborative and meaningful relationship.
More Info About My Practice
In my experience many of the difficulties that lead us to seek out therapy are related to questions we have about ourselves and our ability to get what we want from life. Who we are, who we want to be with, and where we are going are questions that each of us face in different ways over the course of our lives. Feelings of anxiety, sadness, and frustration often arise when we feel "stuck" in our efforts to answer these questions. I believe that the power of psychotherapy lies in its ability to help us step outside of ourselves and approach those questions from a different perspective.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have extensive experience working with issues related to how we think/feel about ourselves (e.g., self-esteem, self-concept, identity). Because how we view ourselves often shapes our interactions with others, I also feel well-suited to help you understand and address patterns or dynamics that you feel may be negatively impacting your relationships.
Additionally, in conjunction with my private practice I serve as a staff psychologist at the University of Houston counseling center, where I assist students of all ages and backgrounds in overcoming barriers to academic and personal success. As a result of my experiences there, I feel particularly skilled at helping with problems related to motivation, achievement, and uncertainty regarding future plans or goals.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
I recognize that therapy is not a "one size fits all" endeavor, and that factors like your treatment goals, financial situation, and work and family responsibilities will likely play a role in how you approach therapy. I want us to discuss these early on so that we can come up with a plan for therapy that fits your needs, while also giving you the best opportunity to make the changes you want. For some, this may mean meeting on a weekly or twice weekly basis, while in other instances less frequent sessions may be a better fit.