The Beginning: Our First Session
Your first session gives us an opportunity to discuss the reasons you are interested in working with me. We will begin identifying the significant experiences that brought you here. As we work together, we will quickly understand your main concerns and difficulties, your strengths and goals. After we finish our first session, I will let you know if I believe you could benefit from psychotherapy and how we could work together to achieve your goals. For our most effective first session together, arrive on time and prepared with your completed intake forms.
The Middle: During Treatment
I believe that people have the resources to effectively process their problems. I am not afraid of the difficult issues, because I believe that people can resolve things and put the past in the past. I encourage people to actively work in sessions. I also teach them to notice and monitor their own emotional and physiological reactions, so that we both know when change is happening.
The End: After Treatment
When a problematic situation no longer feels emotionally charged, I know that processing has occurred. Once reactions to old events are processed, people feel calm and in control, physical signs of stress disappear and they are no longer affected by the issues that once were debilitating. Socially and at work, people start handling situations in new ways. Therefore, it is easy to judge how well therapy is working and when treatment is no longer needed.