How do I get started?
Therapy is individualized based on your own needs and goals.
There are many options used to treat specific issues. To
get started, the first step is to speak with me regarding
current issues/problems and identified goals you might have
in mind. I will touch base with you within a 24 hour period or
sooner to discuss steps. Initial paperwork will be emailed to
you ahead of time to complete as well as insurance
documents and directions to my office.
Our first session is generally a time to continue your
personal intake and to get acquainted with each other. I will
help you provide information such as your history and
background, current issues, and possible goals for therapy. I will also share with you my ideas for treatment plans we may be using. We will review consent to treat guidelines, including your confidentiality. If we do not feel we are a good fit, I will assist you in finding another therapist who is suited to your needs. If we decide to move forward, we will set up our next appointment. Recommended standard of treatment is generally once a week. Duration is based on individual needs-with anxiety issues, we generally see improvement in about 8-12 sessions. Sessions are 50 minutes in length.
There are many types of treatment modalities used to treat anxiety, depression, personality disorders and growth and relationship issues. I typically use a type of therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy to work with anxieties. What is this? Cognitive behavioral therapy is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on changing faulty belief systems and negative thought processes. Data shows that there is a marked correlation between our thoughts and our feelings-and therefore, our behaviors. This type of therapy deals with dealing with how we view a situation or environment rather than changing-or attempting to change-it. Internal and external loci of control are examined.
Psychodynamic and insight-oriented/solution-oriented modalities are also used. The goal is to help the client gain insight to their own motivations or to the purpose of behavior. Self-understanding and having an inner connection allows a breaking away from old patterns which may be damaging. I also use
exposure therapy, which is a type of therapy which Ďexposesí the client to the stimulus which induces a feeling (of anxiety). ĎSittingí in the uncomfortable feeling helps to understand and deal with ways to better handle that feeling and reduce itís intensity.
Visualization and mindfulness are other tools I use. Stress management and anger management therapies are also used, as well as Imago therapy for relationship and communication skills. DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) is used to increase mindfulness, positive coping skills, emotional regularity, assertiveness, and is the preferred mode of treatment for the personality disorder, borderline personality disorder.
The connection of the mind, body, spirit can offer a more balanced life experience for a client as well as a healthier lifestyle. When we feel free to make choices as an individual, we become less anxious, depressed, and able to explore our own goals for a healthy self-actualization.
In addition to treatment modalities, sometimes medication is prescribed. This can be discussed in your session; however, only a medical doctor/psychiatrist can prescribe medication for you. If this is an option, we can discuss in session and I can refer you to the appropriate medical professional. Your medication would be monitored by that professional, and at the same time, we would discuss what changes you might experience as a result.
What do I pay for therapy--Fees and payment for therapy?
Fee structure is discussed in our initial phone conference. Fees are required at the time of the session and are acceptable in cash or check form. I do not take credit cards. To learn more about payment and fees, please do not hesitate to touch base with me at 404-402-2176.