The process of psychotherapy is different for each individual. But a commonality is that the therapeutic process is a journey toward increased awareness, insight, and a better quality of life. In my view, it is also a process of self-discovery: of one’s potentials, strengths, and innate ability to heal. Whatever you and I may do session-to-session, our ultimate goal is to foster growth and change, leading to you feeling more comfortable and productive in your life. There are two general kinds of approaches to psychotherapy (see also Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Therapy), open-ended and structured.
Making An Appointment
For many, making the decision to see a therapist is difficult. My goal is to make this process as comfortable as I can. When you call, you will speak with me personally, not with a receptionist. We may talk on the phone or by e-mail, and then schedule the first complimentary session.
During our first meeting, I will get to know you and begin to understand how I can help you achieve your goals. This is also a good time for us to decide if I am the best person to provide the services you need.
For some, the best way to work toward solutions is to share whatever is on their mind in an ‘open-ended’ way. Weekly sessions dedicated to this process can facilitate awareness and personal growth. My goal in this type of therapy is to provide a space for you to explore yourself, and to provide guidance and help you gain insight into important aspects of yourself that may be impacting your current life stress or situation.
For some, the solution to a problem may be best found through structured psychotherapy sessions. Here, a clear plan is developed collaboratively. In our sessions, we may practice specific skills, or review certain types of interactions, with targeted treatment goals.
I am trained and experienced in both open-ended and structured approaches; I also combine them if appropriate. In your initial sessions, we will work together to determine the best approach.
How Often Would I Come To Therapy?
That depends on your reason for coming to therapy. Some clients come every week, and others come less frequently. Very occasionally, some clients come twice in a week if they have had a particular issue such as a break-up or some other reason they need extra support that week. We want you to come as often, or as rarely, as is best for your situation!