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What to Expect

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I don't believe in "one size fits all" treatment.  You and I will choose strategies from several methods of psychotherapy to create a consistent and integrated treatment plan.  I see therapy as a collaborative process, where I am the expert on the process of psychotherapy, and you are the expert on your life.  Working together, we will create a healing environment and experience that fits your individual needs.

At our first appointment we will spend time getting to know each other, and broadly outlining the issues that you would like to work on.  At the end we will save some time for me to let you know how I might be helpful, and to try to determine if we are a good match for working together.

At our second meeting I will collect more detailed information about the history of the problem you want to work on, your family of origin, your health, your current support system, employment history, etc.  This is important information, so I will make careful notes.  Don't worry - it's probably the last time I will write as we are talking, although I have been known to occasionally draw a diagram or two.  If you have worked with a mental health care provider before, please bring his/her name, address, and phone number.  I will ask you for permission to consult with her/him so that I can get a feel for what has worked for you in the past.

During the remainder of our work, we will continue to refine our understanding of "the problem" and how it affects your life.  On the other hand, we will spend much more time on identifying your strengths, abilities, and interests to see how we can apply them to problems in different ways.  In general we will try to empower you in applying new solutions to old problems in creative and satisfying ways.

I tend to be a little more inter-active than many therapists, and believe in having healing conversations, rather than providing interpretations, or advice.  While we may peek into the past to provide a context for current difficulties, I find that most of the best work is done in the here and now.  You can also expect me to check in with you once in a while to make sure that our conversations are meeting your needs.