I don't rush my sessions, I take my time with all of my clients. And, if I am not at least 100%, if it's clinically sound for you, I might even reschedule! Most sessions - at least at first in the early stages of treatment - last an hour. Later in treatment, we will be flexible and run between 30 minutes and 60 minutes, depending on what is best for you on that day.
During our sessions, I spend my time in deep listening to you. I really take time, energy and focus to 'get you' first, before I try to help you.
One of the things I most love about doing therapy is providing perspective to my clients. You will find your distress lessened if I do this well. Sometimes perspective-taking includes use of humor.
From day one in my training, I was taught to 'begin where the client is'. At all phases of your treatment and in all interactions with you, I will be working to understand how you feel and be in your shoes.
As I get to know you and you get to know me and we build a strong working relationship, I will create with you customized solutions, strategies and practical behavioral ideas you can implement to improve your life and reach your goals. There are too many of these to list here, but over the decades, I've amassed many that I can now call upon, depending solely on what I think will help you, based on our interaction and past experience.
Through our relationship and through the learning of new skills, including more realistic perspective-taking, you will feel a better sense of hope than you had before you started therapy.
Therapy is not complete unless it includes a therapist helping a client become more accountable to oneself. I truly believe if the client's goal is meaningful enough, it is not as difficult to reach that goal, so my focus is helping you live a more 'truthful to yourself' life. When my clients do so, they often find it easier doing the work of matching what they say they want with what they are able to do to achieve same.
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