Psychotherapy, or traditional talk therapy, is a collaboration between client and therapist to decrease symptoms of mental health ailments and increase overall health and wellness. The therapist provides a safe and supportive space for the client which fosters open communication and the ability to address barriers to healing. Psychotherapy provides client with the opportunity to address past traumas, conflicts in relationships, unresolved grief, and more in a non-judgmental environment. The effects of therapy are intended to provide a client with an opportunity to change unhealthy thought patterns and behaviors.
What can you expect?
The relationship between client and therapist should be built upon trust and mutual respect. Before arriving for your first session, you will be provided with a 15 to 20 min free consultation. This is not only an opportunity for you to share why you are seeking therapy but also an opportunity for you to interview me. If you feel comfortable moving forward, we will schedule our first 50-minute session. The first few sessions will focus on rapport building and collecting of background information. Once a solid foundation is formed, our focus will move into treatment planning and goal setting to find the best therapeutic interventions to fit your needs.
What is a therapeutic intervention?
As I am a firm believer that there is not a “One Size Fits All” approach to therapy, I like to draw from several evidence-based interventions to provide you with the most effective treatment to achieve your healing needs. Some of my favorite interventions to draw from are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma focused Cognitive behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Narrative Therapy, Guided Imagery, Mindfulness, Client Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY). Therapy must remain a collaborative approach, so it will remain a top priority for me to make sure you feel safe and supported through whichever options we choose to apply in our sessions.
How long do I need to be in therapy?
There is not a set limit or number of sessions to complete for optimal healing. Every person is unique and deserves to feel comfortable working at a pace that is safe and effective for them. For some clients, their target problem requires only a few months, while other may continue therapy for a few years. It is important to remember that positive change does not happen overnight so allowing yourself the grace to be flexible and trusting the process is key.
What are the effects of therapy?
It is important to note that in the beginning stages of therapy it is normal to experience emotional fatigue and increased stress. This is common with the uncovering of past experiences and emotions that may have been dormant for some time. Although therapy can be hard work, it is necessary to allow yourself patience and space to work through these emotions rather than becoming discouraged. As your therapist, I want to provide you with both empathy and authenticity in our work together. The overall goal of psychotherapy is to improve your quality of life and ability to move from day to day in a positive and healthy way. Through psychotherapy, my role is to assist you in identifying triggers, developing healthy coping skills, improving communication, and conflict resolution skills, overcoming unhealthy thought patterns, and improving your overall sense of self-worth.
While I cannot guarantee 100% satisfaction to all, I can guarantee that I will always work with you and in your best interest as we navigate through the therapeutic process. This includes a mutual understanding that if there is a chance that we as therapist and client are not a good fit, that I will work with you to provide resources and referrals to find the support that you need.