Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of the therapist and client, and the particular concerns you bring forward. My approach to psychotherapy integrates cognitive and behavioral principles, interpersonal process approaches, mindfulness and acceptance based approaches, and multicultural theory.
The methods I utilize are informed by theory, professional literature, research evidence (when available), and “best practices.” In order to provide you with the best possible services, I am engaged in ongoing professional development activities, such as reading academic and professional publications, seeking consultation with colleagues, and attending continuing education and training events.
Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks. Therapy usually involves a substantial commitment on your part in terms of time, money, and energy. In my experience, clients who put more effort into working on their goals between sessions tend to have greater benefits from counseling. Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress.
You should know that sometimes people find that they feel worse before they feel better.
Making changes in your life, working through emotional difficulties, shifting your ways of thinking, trying new behaviors, developing new patterns, and gaining self-awareness or insight is often challenging. Although it is impossible to guarantee outcomes, if we decide to work together I will make every effort to help you succeed.
Your sessions are your time to discuss any topics that you feel are appropriate. You may end our counseling relationship at any time. You also have the right to refuse any of the suggestions I make, and to initiate discussion about how the therapy is going for you.
I invite you to provide honest and direct feedback about the therapy process, and any concerns you may have about counseling or about me. Please talk with me about these things so that we may address them. I may also initiate discussions about your progress. If it seems that you are not making progress toward your goals or benefiting from therapy, I may recommend that we end counseling.
TRAINING & CONSULTATION SERVICES
I am available to speak at community events, provide education, conduct training, and provide consultation services. Please contact me at (314) 308-0627 for information about my availability and/or to discuss your needs.
I also enjoy serving as a clinical supervisor. Please contact me at (314) 308-0627 for information or to discuss your needs. Feel free to complete the supervision questionnaire prior to the first meeting.