I work from a combination of models of psychotherapy, with a strong emphasis on cognitive-behavioral therapy, family systems, solution-focused therapy, and behavioral therapy. The focus is chosen based on the needs of the client, and I encourage clients to engage in the process of understanding diagnoses, specific problems, and potential solutions.
I encourage you to become an educated consumer of procedures, goals, rationale, and possible side effects of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy can be highly beneficial, though it is not free from risk. Risks include facing unpleasant feelings, thoughts, and beliefs, which can increase feelings of anxiety, guilt, fear, and sadness. It is important to remember that these feelings are natural and can be part of the therapeutic process. Please always discuss these things in your sessions.
Psychotherapy is essentially a relationship between the client and the therapist. The initial focus of treatment is to understand the thoughts, feelings, and life experiences that are presented. Therapy can offer support and the development of specific skills directed toward communication, parenting, problem solving, and self-control. It is designed to facilitate progress toward the client’s stated goals. As the client, you have the ultimate decision and responsibility for those goals. Formal and informal assessment, reading, journal writing, and daily logs may be part of the “homework” of your therapy sessions.