My Approach to Helping
Within a safe, warm and compassionate space, we will work together to help you change the harmful patterns in your life that are preventing you from achieving happiness and fulfillment . Using the theory and techniques of cognitive behavioral therapy, we will work together to help you understand the connection between your thoughts feelings and behavior that lead to lasting, sustainable change. My approach is: brief, action-oriented, goal-oriented, focused on the present and based on evidence. This said, the connection you have with your therapist sets the foundation for your progress in therapy and the relationship we have remains of utmost importance. I ask for feedback every session to make sure we are on track, as well as provide in between session assignments for you to work daily towards your goals. I will introduce strategies that help you internalize change as well as cope with distress. If you feel better each and every time you leave my office, and you are optimistic that you are on the right track, then the process is working.
More Info About My Practice
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My Role as a Therapist
My role as a therapist is to help you build upon your own internal strengths and resources to help you ultimately become your own therapist. We will work as a team in full openness, trust and transparency to help you feel better and in control of your life. Together, we will work towards helping you remove barriers, learn new skills and achieve the goals you identify for yourself. It is a collaboration all the way through.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is proven effective in as few as 8-12 sessions. That said, conditions such as depression and anxiety can be deeply rooted, stem from histories of trauma or abuse, requiring longer term treatment, and I will meet you where you are at. Your symptoms didn't develop overnight and your way of managing your pain is the best way you know how. When you are ready to learn ways to manage and cope differently, then you are ready to try CBT. We will determine together along the way, what length of treatment is right for you. At the beginning, sessions should be weekly or more, then gradually reduce to bi-weekly as you start to internalize change. You will also utilize the techniques introduced during our time together in session, to practice on your own, which helps speed along the progress and internalize changes more quickly. It is important to also mention that there is no guarantee that CBT will work for you. In event your symptoms are not improving, we will explore other options and referrals together.