What Is Therapy Like?

Therapy is a collaborative process. I will ask you to join me in developing goals and monitoring our progress. After learning about your difficulties and history in detail, I will develop a time-limited treatment plan, usually 16-20 weeks in duration, and will guide you with understanding toward your desired outcomes. While therapy is highly individualized, the following are common among the treatments I offer:

Therapy sessions are structured and active

I meet with individual clients weekly for 45 minutes. Sessions often begin with a review of how therapy is progressing, checking on your progress outside of session, and then collaboratively setting an agenda. 

In working together, I will draw on techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and also from more recently developed approaches, including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). See treatments provided for a complete list of approaches I have expertise in. While each of these therapies has unique elements, all are grounded in the cognitive-behavioral tradition and are supported by strong empirical evidence.

Some examples of the techniques we might use together include:

  • Understanding the relationships between your difficulties and what maintains them

  • Increasing self-acceptance through mindfulness practice

  • Using brief experiments to find out if critical or fearful thoughts provide useful information

  • Identifying and changing behaviors that are contributing to the problem

  • Learning to recognize when past experience is driving your behavior, and shifting to a more effective response for your current situation

I ask for and appreciate client feedback

I believe that therapeutic change requires an active, honest and trusting client-therapist relationship. As part of building a good relationship and tracking progress, I find it important to get regular feedback from clients. 

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