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What is the Process of Therapy?

Entering therapy can bring about a great deal of relief and hope for the future, with the knowledge that that things can get better and that you are getting the support you need. Collaboration is an essential aspect of therapy, and I strive to form a strong, trusting relationship with each client.

The goal of therapy is typically to help you live your life in a way that is adaptive, fulfilling, and in line with your personal beliefs. During our first few sessions, we’ll discuss your background history, what brings you to therapy, and how you wish to benefit from therapy. I’ll work with you to outline a treatment plan that addresses your concerns, and tell you about how I work and how I will help you.

Throughout the course of therapy, we will regularly evaluate progress by discussing what is working well while also addressing any concerns that may arise. Part of my job is to challenge you to begin to implement new ways of thinking about your problems, new ways of being in relationships, and new ways of approaching patterns in your life.

There are a number of evidence-based treatment modalities that can be used for therapy. My treatment approach includes cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness based therapy.

Change occurs through insight as well as practical application  about how to best make the changes you’re seeking. Sometimes this includes doing therapy exercises or journaling between sessions, and working on building specific skills such as communication or emotional regulation.