What to Expect
During our first meetings, I will gather a lot of information about you, your life experiences, your current struggles, and your goals for treatment. This will help me determine the most appropriate approach to treatment and whether I have the expertise to help you. Generally, the first several meetings are focused on assessment, determining the most appropriate treatment approach, discussing the specifics of that approach, and together developing a treatment plan and contract. I encourage you to ask questions of me during this time to make sure that you feel I am the right person to help you.
Like any other relationship, it’s important to make sure this fit is right for you. I aim to provide a warm, caring, and supportive environment in which you feel comfortable to make changes to reach your goals at your own pace. When we first meet, you'll be getting a sense of me just as much as I'll be getting to know you. So if it turns out I’m not the right fit for you— don't worry. I’ll help you find the right provider to work with.
Given that positive change is most likely to occur when there is consistent follow-up and problem solving, I typically meet with clients weekly or every other week until the situation or reason for seeking treatment has noticeably improved. Once clients have achieved significant progress, we may decide to taper the frequency of sessions (every other week, once per month, or less) or end treatment. We’ll collaboratively work together to figure out what the best follow-up plan is for you.
Throughout treatment, I will coordinate, with your consent, with other providers involved in your care, which may include a psychiatrist, registered dietitian, primary care physician, and/or other medical specialists. I am happy to work with providers who are already part of your treatment team, or I can provide referrals if you are looking for a provider.
I focus on interventions that are evidence-based, meaning that there is research showing that they work for specific problems, and I collaborate with my clients to develop a treatment plan that integrates these effective techniques with one's unique goals, preferences, and strengths. While no therapist can guarantee the success of therapy, I find that goals are best achieved when the therapist and client are working together.
It’s important to keep in mind that therapy can involve experiencing uncomfortable emotions like sadness, anger, or anxiety. Therapy can often involve talking about unpleasant aspects of a person’s history and behavior. While cognitive-behavioral therapy approaches have been shown to have benefits, such as a significant reduction in feelings of distress over time, improved relationships, and better problem solving abilities, there are no guarantees, and improvement is largely based on the effort each client puts into their treatment.