WHAT Can I expect when I come to therapy?
When you first come to see me, we talk about what is concerning you at this time, and I spend time really getting to know you. I think it's incredibly important for clients to have a therapist that "gets it," which means sees you, understands you, and gels with you. During the first session we talk about your goals for therapy and start to make a plan together. We also decide whether or not we are a good fit.
Throughout therapy we explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. We also examine your context and your history, both of which impact where you are today. I am an integrative therapist, which means I am trained in and utilize a variety of orientations and interventions. I am intentional with you and your context in mind when I choose an intervention or suggest a homework assignment.
I'm also a human being, and you can expect that I will be authentic and human with you in the room. We may laugh a lot! I believe that every person is different and my approach is individualized and collaboratively created with you.
At times therapy can be difficult as we unpack patterns, look at your thoughts/feelings/behaviors, revisit painful memories, and work toward the changes you want to make. Change, although often necessary, can be painful. You can expect that I will be with you every step of the way as you move toward the life you want to live.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL IT TAKE?
A therapist's favorite answer is: it depends! There are many factors that influence session numbers, including your presenting concerns, what you specifically are wanting to work on, and when you feel like therapy no longer needs to be in your self-care arsenal. You can expect that we will frequently have the discussion of how things are going for you in therapy, and when you feel like you have the tools to move forward without it.
Who and What Do you See?
I see both adults and adolescents 13 and older for individual therapy. I also enjoy working with couples. I specialize in disordered eating and body image issues.
Other common focuses of therapy include:
- Sexual Assault
- Identity Development
- Interpersonal concerns
- LGBTQ care
- Relationship Issues
- Marital Issues
- Work/Life Balance
- Women's Issues