Psychotherapy is an active process for both of us. For our work to be effective, you’ll need to look honestly at your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationships. I’ll help you do this in our meetings, of course, and I’ll routinely ask you to apply what we’ve worked on between sessions. Specific therapeutic strategies vary from person to person and session to session. But in all cases, you can expect to explore your current concerns, evaluate the historical factors that might inform them, and identify strategies to change what’s not working for you. I recognize that I require a lot from my clients, so I work hard in return. I will participate actively in our sessions, provide between-session support when needed, and elicit and integrate regular feedback from you about our work together.
For the theoretically inclined, my graduate training was largely psychodynamic, and I’ve completed advanced, postgraduate coursework in cognitive behavioral and relational family-systems therapies. I tailor our work based on your current challenges, our goals for treatment, and the ever-evolving evidence base. As a proponent of truly informed consent, I’m always transparent about my level of experience with your specific concern, and I discuss my rationale for selecting particular treatment strategies. I consider good therapy a collaborative process, so we’ll talk frequently about what we’re actually doing in therapy, why we’re doing it, and what we hope to achieve through our work.