While assessment is an ongoing process, I usually spend the first 2-3 sessions gathering information about the issues which have brought you to therapy. Assessment and diagnoses are conducted as a way for me to have a holistic view of the factors in your life that may be affecting your mental and emotional well-being.
A full assessment generally includes questions and discussion related to your family, childhood history, past mental health treatment, medical issues, relationships and support systems. Overall, the assessment and diagnoses process provides the roadmap for the optimum course to best serve your needs.
Individual therapy may be helpful when you are seeking your own time and space to resolve an issue, challenge or difficulty. In this regard, I stand ready as an objective, non-judgmental listener to the problems at hand. Certain issues including relationship difficulties, life transitions, challenges in the workplace, unemployment, anxiety, or depression, may be greatly helped with the support of a trained psychotherapist who can help you by listening to feelings, thinking through difficulties, finding solutions, and supporting decisions. Individual therapy may be short term or long term, depending on your particular needs, and is most effective with regular sessions, typically on a weekly basis. Sessions are 50 minutes in length.
Even the most harmonious relationships may benefit from couples therapy. All relationships experience strain from time to time. Different types of stressors may trigger changes to your relationship such as the decision to marry or have children; differences in communication or negotiation styles; cultural conflict; gender issues; and financial philosophy. What seems irresolvable at times can cause great distress and anxiety for both individuals. Couples therapy can be an opportunity to become closer, create more intimacy, develop more effective communication, and achieve greater understanding and empathy for one another.
In my work with families, it is most effective to meet with the family as a unit. While it is understandable that sometimes meeting with the entire family is not possible, family sessions with a family subunit (ie;Mother/daughter) is also encouraged and effective. Regular sessions enables me to develop a clear understanding of how your family operates, interacts and relates to one another by being able to watch and observe your family dynamics unfold. Initially, the goal is to have a clear picture of your family dynamics (boundaries, hierarchies, roles) and communication patterns. Thereafter, I can clarify the goals of the entire family including the interests of every participating member and help draw awareness to areas that may be improved in order to promote greater well being and healthier patterns of interaction.
It is easy to feel alone and isolated in a crisis. In this respect, groups can be a very powerful and effective form of psychotherapy to assist emotional growth and healing. Having the support of a group of people who listen to you and your inner most struggles and yearnings is a deeply gratifying experience. At the same time, being able to listen to and help support others through their life struggles, can be equally therapeutic. It is a comfort to know we are not alone. In order to ensure the safety of group members, ground rules such as confidentiality and mutual respect are discussed and agreed upon by all participants. Interested participants will first meet with me briefly in order to determine that each member is the right fit for the group.