My Approach to Helping
Are you familiar with “Liminal Spaces”? Do you find yourself in such a place? Are you stuck in the fear that precedes inevitable change? Or has life just reached a tipping point that has become unmanageable? This threshold is your opportunity for growth. A therapist can be an unbiased ally to help you navigate through turbulent times when your existing support systems have reached their limits.
What type of therapist do you think you’ll benefit the most from? Integrative therapists can take a more passive role, reflecting and giving you the space to share and feel heard; to unload and unpack. Or, they can take a more active and directive approach which might include goal management and giving you evidence based tools and strategies from a variety of psychotherapy modalities to apply in your day to day life.
Within an integrative approach, you can expect to take a deep dive into your past, project into the future and examine what you are doing now that is contributing to your status quo. Let’s find out together how you can improve your life.
I am determined to be completely real and honest with you regarding your case. Therapy work extends beyond the therapy room, and the limits of your progress lie within your choices, and in some cases, chemical imbalances that require medication management. Accountability is very important in the work that we will do as will the acceptance of the things we cannot change. If I can help you, and you are willing to put in the often uncomfortable work that therapy requires, I am confident you will experience significant gains within the first 8 sessions.
More Info About My Practice
I have over 8 years of experience treating anxiety, depression, panic attacks, grief, OCD, relationship-marital issues, cultural adjustment and trauma. I am kink-poly-trans-LGBQ affirming and recognize the value of culture, community, spirituality and faith practices that shape the individual.
I practice using an integrative approach drawing from various styles and modalities to better tailor the therapy experience of each client to meet their needs and rhythm. I can provide therapy in English or Spanish and have over 8 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults (individuals, and couples). I am a New York State licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Board-Certified Music Therapist.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Wether you are considering therapy or you are merely curious to learn more about its nature, this entry is meant to increase your knowledge regarding important factors to consider when searching for a therapist. The process of finding a therapist can be daunting. There are hundreds of therapists out there, each specializing on a wide variety of different approaches to psychotherapy.
Usually, whatever is bringing a person to make the decision to find a therapist is already taking a considerable amount of their mental and emotional resources; This makes navigating the internet, and scrolling through countless therapist profiles an even more challenging and sometimes confusing feat. On top of this, the process may be isolating, since sharing an interest to get therapy with others is still a source of embarrassment and anxiety to most people due to the intrinsic taboos and misconceptions surrounding mental health issues.
So, how does one decide what therapist to go to? What's the difference between the various approaches and what does science tell us about them?
Almost obvious Influential factors may include your insurance's coverage, the therapist's gender, their sexual orientation, race, and age, their location, and of course, wether or not they have an available time slot that matches with your schedule. There is something to be said about each of these important factors and how they can influence the nature of your relationship with your therapist, however, due to the scope of this entry let it suffice to say that honoring your preferences regarding these factors will increase the chances that your working alliance with your therapist will be strong. A working alliance is essentially the achievement of collaboration between you and your therapist which includes the agreement and willingness on behalf of both parties to engage in and do the work that leads to improvement; It is very important.
Aside from the economic and socio-cultural factors mentioned before, there is one crucial influential aspect that will significantly change the quality, quantity and the nature of your work in therapy: The therapist's approach.
As mentioned before, during your search for a therapist you will encounter many labels therapists use in their personal statements in an effort to communicate their approach to potential new clients. Among many others, keywords you are likely to find include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, dialectic-behavioral, Adlerian, psychoanalytic, person-centered, existential, reality therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness-based, gestalt, creative arts therapy, solution-focused, rational emotive behavioral therapy, integrative, etc.
The therapist's approach is usually a result of their specific training and it is to a certain degree a reflection of their on personal interests and beliefs.
The reason there is such a diverse plethora of approaches stems from the complex nature of the field of psychology and the juxtaposition of different philosophical schools of thought informing each theoretical approach. Unfortunately for most people, public knowledge regarding what distinguishes these approaches is limited and often shrouded in cultural and generational stereotypes and misinformation.
Lastly, it is important to note that your therapist's personality and its compatibility with yours will also play a big role in the development of a good working alliance. As with any other relationship, the inherent chemistry between the two parties
The good news is that recent research suggests that making the decision to find a therapist and actually doing the search marks the beginning of the therapeutic process of change. Researchers explain that this is due to the fact that the self-preserving nature of acting on the desire to get help, is in itself a form of behavioral activation, and the first step to break the chain of cognitive, behavioral and emotional patterns that have cause the disturbance that ultimately has led you to search for external help.