My Approach to Helping
I use brief measures of outcome and therapeutic alliance to continuously monitor the effectiveness and quality of your therapy. I use these measures to help identify clients at risk for a poor outcome and collaborative modify treatment or mobilize other resources. This may involve moving on to a different therapist. I won't work with you unless we both believe the treatment is working.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Does the therapist appear to listen respectfully?
Does the therapist focus on what you want to focus on?
Do the things the therapist suggests make sense for the problems you want to work on?
When you make a suggestion or complain about a problem with therapy, does the therapist appear to take you seriously and act on the suggestion or address the complaint?
If you aren't happy with the answers to these questions, move on! (Even if it's me!) You have a much better chance with a new therapist than you do trying to patch up a therapeutic relationship that's not working.
Clients are in the best position to determine whether therapy is working for them. No therapist works well with everyone.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
This depends on you. If things are going well, I encourage clients to increase time between sessions or terminate therapy. If you need more attention we can meet more than once weekly.