I strive to provide a compassionate, healing focused environment.
Individual therapy can look different for each individual person. I work hard to understand who you are and the interventions that will work best for you and your goals. This conversation will occur mostly during the first few appointments, especially since we are still getting to know each other, and can feel a little different than regular counseling appointments. Some of these appointments can feel more formal, but my focus is to also help you feel comfortable. Our working relationship is important for your growth in therapy, so comfort and safety within the appointments will be key for your continued growth. During these appointments, if you decide I am not a good fit for you as a therapist, I would be happy to provide you with referrals to other professionals.
Depending on need and your preference for counseling, I provide Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Guided Mindfulness Meditation, and Motivational Interviewing. Most of these are also provided for children; however, depending on age, the recommendation will also be Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT). These will be discussed with you during those first few appointments based on your needs, what you feel is a better fit for you, along with my professional recommendation.
Regular Visits: After prioritizing your goals, we will discuss the length and frequency of counseling sessions and will proceed with scheduling regular meetings. Most often starting with weekly appointments, but this can vary depending on need, which we will discuss.
Counseling is tough work and requires commitment to change for individual clients of all ages. We will work together to identify patterns that maintain the difficulties in your life, and seek to facilitate acceptance, expressing your needs, and acheive your goals. During appointments you will hopefully gain insight and self-awareness; however, the most important work happens between sessions as you apply what is learned and experienced into your everyday life. In time, the counseling process and your insight will facilitate new approaches to old problems and you will see the changes you were wanting for yourself.
Concluding Therapy: After you have reached your goals, we will spend 1-2 appointments revisiting your progress and your experience in counseling. We will also discuss your continued use of skills moving forward in your daily life.