- Most people are living and acting from an emotional road-map that was laid down for them at a point or various points in the past.
- People come by their problems honestly, that is, if you look closely enough, you will find a good rationale for what they are or are not doing.
- The human psyche has a natural instinct and ability to find equilibrium; that is to say, change is entirely possible.
I believe that each person is the expert on his or her own life. Thus, I look to you to teach me what matters most, what you want to get out of your life, and what you feel is standing in the way. I bring a knowledge of psychological theory and practice and you bring a knowledge of your own life, goals, ambitions, fears, and history.
Together, we will construct a plan to meet your goals that takes into account your time, energy, finances, and other life factors. We may prioritize some goals over others, depending on your need and the intensity of your distress. We may include other people, such as life partners or family members, into parts of the treatment.
This plan will give us a map of where to focus our energies, how long the treatment will take, and a method to ensure that we are meeting your targeted goals.
In clinical terms, my approach to therapy can be described as a mix of cognitive behavioral (skill building) and psychodynamic (insight building) approaches.
Although the actual treatment is unique to each individual, in general, once the goals and treatment plan have been established, we will spend our time in the following manner:
- Exploring and understanding the nature of your distress
- Building insight into how these problems interfere with your life
- Learning specific skills to help manage and lessen your distress
- Developing ways to practice and implement these skills in your daily life
- Creating a plan to maintain gains once the treatment is completed