The Therapy Process
Whether you have been to therapy before or this is your first time, it can be overwhelming to process the feelings that are interfering in your life. You may have lots of questions about therapy and if so, please visit the FAQ section for more information. As you will notice when we meet, I have compassion for delivering therapy and helping people through the transitions they encounter in their lives. I believe in person-centered treatment, meaning what works for you is different than what works for the next person. I will hear your concerns while creating a safe place without judgment. It is up to you what you are comfortable sharing, as it takes time to build the therapeutic relationship. You will never be forced into talking about something if you are not ready. I will make a recommendation for how I think therapy can help you to achieve your individual goals. I tend to pull from various modalities integrated with my own personal style.
Treatment recommendations for therapy are evidenced-based, meaning the modalities have been researched and tested to be proven to reduce symptoms. The list below are examples of modalities I have been trained in and successfully used with my clients.
- Evidenced-based practices, including:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - CBT
- Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - TF-CBT
- Motivational Interviewing - MI
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy - DBT
- Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
Individual counseling sessions allow you a safe place to identify and process your emotions, personal stressors, and any difficulties you are having. As a therapist, I strive to provide you a caring, private, confidential atmosphere to explore challenges that lead you to opportunities for growth and change free of judgment. Clients have shared with me that they look forward to coming to therapy because it is the one piece of their life that is theirs alone. Therapy has the power to make an impact and positive change in your life!
Couples counseling offers a safe, objective environment for you, as a couple, to explore conflicts and stressors, with the impartial support of me as your therapist. In this case, the relationship between the couple is the client. Maintaining relationships is hard work and it is no wonder that the relationships in our lives need extra attention sometimes. Examples of stressors within a relationship include communication or the lack of, parenting, family dynamics, finances, life transitions, and household responsibilities. By exploring feelings in a safe place, couples may find they can identify the patterns leading to conflicts, examine their individual perspectives, learn the perspectives of their partner, and learn healthier ways to communicate individual needs to reduce conflicts and stressors on the relationship.
Which one is for me?
Are you unsure if you are in need of individual counseling, couples counseling, or both? Feel free to contact me for a complimentary phone consultation and I can give you some suggestions about what I think would be most appropriate at this time.