What’s your approach to therapy?
In our collaborative work together, I will support you in exploring and identifying your unique strengths, empowering you to leverage them in reducing the influence of the challenges you face. It is important to recognize that you are not defined by the problems you encounter; the problems themselves are what we aim to address.
During our sessions, you will have a safe and nurturing space to decompress, delve into your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and gain a deeper understanding of yourself. Together, we will identify actionable steps that will help you move beyond your current challenges and find your path forward.
I believe in the importance of individualized care, and I tailor my therapeutic approach to meet your specific needs. No two individuals are the same, and your journey deserves a personalized plan that honors your uniqueness.
I’ve heard there are different types of therapy. Which do you use?
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): Many of the stresses we experience stem from unhealthy and unhelpful thought patterns. The exciting part is that you possess the power to transform your thinking. CBT empowers you to challenge and change self-defeating beliefs, break free from obsessive thought cycles, and replace negativity with more positive perspectives. Through collaborative efforts, CBT promotes rapid yet enduring change.
Mindfulness-based stress reduction: This therapeutic approach cultivates a non-judgmental attitude towards yourself, guiding you to set intentions for personal growth and fostering acceptance of present experiences, even in the face of difficult emotions. By incorporating mindfulness, you can reduce stress through relaxation techniques, positive affirmations, and visualizations of calming imagery.
Solution-focused therapy: Sometimes life can feel overwhelmingly problem-focused, making it challenging to acknowledge the positive aspects of the present moment. Yet, within you lies a wealth of untapped strengths waiting to be remembered and utilized. Solution-focused therapy is a collaborative process that centers on successes, solutions, and what’s currently working in your life. By concentrating on these achievements, even small positive changes can lead to transformative shifts on a larger scale.
I’ve talked to a therapist before, but I feel like I need something more. How are you different?
Most therapists focus just on coping skills. While coping skills play a valuable role in therapy, I believe that life holds so much more than mere adaptation to difficulties. Instead of solely focusing on coping, let’s delve deeper into the patterns that keep you trapped in stress and dysfunction.
Authentic transformation arises from comprehending these patterns, understanding their origins, and empowering yourself to construct new ways of navigating the world. This process involves a mindset shift, where genuine transformation takes root, opening doors to profound change. Together, we will embark on this transformative journey, unveiling the keys to unlocking your full potential.
I’ve heard that in therapy, you’re supposed to talk about your childhood. I’m not sure if I want to go there.
We have the option to explore the past if that resonates with you. Some women find it important and deeply desire to understand the origins of their patterns. However, if your focus is on the present moment and shaping your future, that is absolutely valid and respected.
My role is to attune to your needs and preferences. We will only delve into topics that you feel comfortable discussing. Your comfort and well-being are paramount, and I consistently seek your feedback to ensure that our sessions are supportive and aligned with your goals. Together, we will navigate this therapeutic journey in a way that feels most beneficial and empowering to you.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
To optimize your initial session, I invite you to openly share your concerns, previous successes you’ve experienced, and strategies you’d like to explore. Together, we will collaboratively develop specific tools and techniques that you can implement. In subsequent sessions, we will reconvene and discuss your experiences with these strategies, adjusting and refining them as needed.
How long will it take to feel better?
The timeline for therapeutic progress varies for each person, and I’ve observed a few patterns that may provide insight.
For those seeking active change, more frequent sessions tend to yield faster results. On the other hand, meeting less frequently can offer a space for decompression and check-ins, supporting your overall well-being.
In general, many of the women I work with experience relief and noticeable improvement within the initial sessions. Some individuals choose to continue therapy for a bit longer to ensure the newly acquired skills are firmly integrated into their lives. A few women opt for longer-term treatment to address more complex challenges they face. Ultimately, we work as a team to determine what you need, and my role is to support you in reaching your goals.
What’s the financial investment?
Session cost is $150 for a 50-60 minute session. If you have Lyra or Spring Health benefits through your employer or your spouse’s employer please let me know.