Our Work Together
First, I schedule a Diagnostic Intake Interview with you. During that time and our initial sessions, I gather information and your perceptions about your physical and mental health, as well your sense of dis-ease. I then provide some first impressions, and we move to co-creating an individualized Treatment plan or Plan of Care.
One part of the Plan of Care may recruit the rational, left brain self to discover the current patterns of thinking and feeling that lead to your behaviors. This is the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach. We strengthen positive patterns and modify dysfunctional ones for an emotional detox. The ultimate goal of CBT, is to become your own therapist for your particular challenge, and to apply strategies you learn to other challenges.
An insight-oriented therapy (Psychodynamic Psychotherapy) might be used to uncover and explore unconscious processes that undergird your inscrutable behavior, beliefs and destructive habits. It attends to the value systems and the culture (inter-generational protections and pain) that shape you. This discovery neither shames nor blames, but helps answer questions about “Why?” from patterns established during your earliest relationships.
At varying points in psychotherapy, we may fold in experiential, creative exercises that tap into your right brain self to nourish your spirit and open up new pathways for feeling, reflection and insight. Such Positive Psychology and Health Psychology methods integrate strategies to develop shifts in mindset coupled with improved physical health. At your request, I work in consultation with your Primary Care Physician, Psychiatrist, or other members of your personal Health Care Team.
At psychotherapy’s end (in whatever way you define it), you feel Whole.
Typically, we will schedule one 50 minute session per week, though, depending upon your needs, we may schedule additional, less frequent, or longer sessions. Most often, I take notes during our sessions, and, I may encourage you to do the same. Psychotherapy is highly individualized and requires very active effort from both of us.. From time to time, I will check-in with you about how you see your progress.
You may be asked to do work outside of our sessions that supports your Plan of Care. A variety of screening tools or symptom checklists may be useful here. In addition, I may use handouts, cellphone apps, and other visual aides for teaching and/or to help you monitor a particular behavior, thought or feeling. As therapy unfolds, I may recommend additional resources.
Expected Outcomes (What does “whole” really mean?)
Becoming “Whole” may seem nebulous. Here’s another way to look at psychotherapy outcomes. Both research and anecdotal reports show that effective psychotherapy most often leads to:
- improved relationships with yourself and/or with others
- significantly decreased distress
- an ability to modulate your emotions
- improved physical function
- development or strengthening of your ability to cope