I believe that a trusting, collaborative relationship between a client and his or her therapist lies at the core of effective treatment. I work from the assumption that you, the client, are the expert on your life. With that as our starting point, it is my job as the therapist to help you first identify, and then create the kinds of lasting, positive change you desire in your life and relationships.
Our initial session will have three primary purposes.
First, I’ll try to help you feel comfortable with talking to me. Many people initially find it difficult to disclose personal information to a relative stranger. This is normal, so part of the therapeutic process is to work towards building rapport.
Second, we’ll talk about the sorts of problems that you’re experiencing. I always try to assess not just the problems, but also the strengths that help you cope in times of difficulty.
Third, I will consult with you about the various strategies we might use to address the problems you are experiencing.
I provide services to clients with a wide range of backgrounds, beliefs, and treatment issues. I often draw upon empirically based treatment modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). While brief solution focused therapy (8 to 20 sessions) is often sufficient to help clients resolve specific issues, I also offer long-term therapy for clients seeking insight and clarity regarding identity and interpersonal relationships.