From day one, I strive to create a comfortable environment in which my clients can feel at ease. There are several ways of working with me, including virtual and in-person options. Take a look at the services I provide, and feel free to reach out with any questions.
What is it?
Individual therapy is a form of therapy where a client works one-on-one with a therapist. It’s the most popular form of therapy and may encompass many different treatment styles like CBT, DBT, or EMDR. Individual therapy allows the therapist and client to focus on each other, building a rapport and working together to solve the client's issue. Sometimes therapy may progress for months, years, or just a few sessions.
Sessions typically last 50-60 minutes and while there are usually some goals established, you should think of the time as yours and tackle what feels the most pressing. Sometimes that’s something that’s happened over the last week or so, other times it’s staying focused on longer-term goals like balancing the way your insides vibrate when someone you really care about is upset with you.
My main goal is to get you feeling more confident living your life. Sometimes that means that after some time, you’re ready to try it on your own for a while. I’m here to help you learn to crawl, then walk, and then watch you run. I’ll ride my bike next to you for the first few miles, but then I’m happy to meet up again at different checkpoints or milestones.
What's it like? and what do I say......or not?
The first session is about getting the background and goals and is all about getting to know each other. This session may also be called a diagnostic assessment. I’ll ask a lot of questions from your intake paperwork, make some clarifications, and answer any questions you have. We’ll work on a diagnosis and I’ll be transparent about things I think are definitely going on, and things that I’m keeping an eye on but need more time to evaluate. The diagnosis will help guide the course of treatment. We will also discuss your goals, and what you feel comfortable focusing on in your sessions. If you’re not sure what your goals are, that’s ok too! We can explore this together and develop a plan.
You can tell me anything you want! While I’ll use our goals as a way to make sure we’re staying on track overall, the sessions are your time to work through anything you feel is important. We may focus on what’s coming up for you between sessions in terms of thoughts, feeling, and behaviors. More importantly, you don’t have to tell me anything that you don’t want me to know. Otherwise, it’s all about what makes you feel comfortable.
Just remember that I am bound by certain state and federal laws because I’m a mandated reporter. That limits the confidentiality of therapy. These limits apply to wanting to hurt yourself or others, child abuse, and elderly abuse.