Psychotherapy Overview

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Individual Therapy

The initial appointments for individual therapy are for evaluation purposes to collaboratively determine whether my experience/services are appropriate for your goals and needs.  If treatment is mutually agreed upon, I will work with you to develop goals and a treatment plan and discuss how often you should meet to work towards your goals. Typically, appointments are 50 minutes and are conducted weekly or bi-weekly until you begin to move towards the termination phase of treatment, at which time sessions are less frequent.

Common Treatment Issues:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life and Career Transition
  • Relationship/Family Distress
  • Grief
  • Work/Life Imbalance
  • Spirituality
  • Interpersonal Boundaries

Couple's therapy

I use evidence-based treatments, Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (IBCT) or Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) in working with couples. 

Before couple’s therapy can begin, a 4-session assessment is typically conducted.  In the initial assessment session, I will meet with you and your partner to gather relationship history and begin to develop a sense of the current problems.  In sessions 2 & 3, I will meet individually with each of you to understand how personal backgrounds may impact the current relationship problems.  You and your partner will also complete a set of questionnaires to provide additional information about areas such as relationship satisfaction and commitment.  In the 4th assessment session, I will provide the couple with feedback from results of questionnaires as well discuss impressions about how and why the couple is experiencing distress.  The couple will also receive treatment recommendations.

Once feedback and recommendations are made, we will work collaboratively to decide whether to begin the treatment phase of couple’s therapy.  

In the treatment phase, I will help the couple work towards change by increasing acceptance and empathy. 

Typically, all sessions are 50-60 minutes.

Please note: The assessment and treatment phases of couple’s therapy are collaborative processes and the couple is strongly encouraged and welcomed to ask questions and provide opinions and information about their needs and treatment goals.

Common Treatment Issues:

  • Poor communication
  • Infidelity
  • Lack of trust
  • Lack of intimacy
  • Blended family distress
  • Parenting differences
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