Q: What kind of approach do you use in therapy?
A: I utilize a variety of different theoretical orientations to guide my practice. This approach is called "eclectic". I have experience in evidence based practices such as Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies. Other more process oriented therapies I use are Narrative, Person Centered, and Existential. Each of these theories have strengths that can be appropriate interventions in your care. Being "eclectic" basically means I am not limited to one theoretical framework.
Q: What can I expect at my first session?
A: Our first session will be utilized to provide an effective "background" for understanding your concerns. Depending on your presenting problem, I may ask you for a brief history of your childhood, substance abuse history, past trauma, prior mental health issues, and current life situation. At our first session I hope to establish a working rapport, basic understanding of what you are seeking help for, and potentially establish some treatment goals for therapy.
Q: When is therapy "over"?
A: Therapy is over whenever you or your therapist decide you no longer need therapy. You can end therapy at any time. Therapy can be a life long process used to maintain positive mental health and support or it can be a limited duration where we work to treat a specific symptom, issue, or problem.
Q: How often should I come to therapy?
A: Therapy is most effective when it builds off the previous session. For this reason, therapy is best scheduled weekly, especially in the first 2 months of therapy.
Q:What is your rate of service?
A: I charge 85.00/per 50 minute hour. $100.00 for couples. I do offer sliding scale fees for those with fixed/limited incomes.