Individual Therapy

Individual Therapy

Individuals come to therapy to work on a variety of issues that are hard to face alone. I help my clients overcome obstacles to their well-being. For some clients goals may be to increase positive feelings, such as compassion for one self, improve self-esteem or to inspire change and improve quality of life. I have clients that are considering making a career change and need someone who has personal experience in making career changes and has professional coaching experience. Others come to therapy to work on relationships – either their relationship to themselves or to others. Many others may be working toward reducing substances they are using i.e. alcohol or other drugs or stop all together.

It is important for us to decide if my style is a good fit for your needs. Finding a therapist that you are comfortable with is vital to successful therapy. We will talk about the most effective therapeutic approach to be used and treatment goals. I want you to leave the first session with the beginnings of a plan, the promise of help and the hope that change is truly possible.

It is important for us to decide if my style is a good fit for your needs. Finding a therapist that you are comfortable with is vital to successful therapy. We will talk about the most effective therapeutic approach to be used and treatment goals. I want you to leave the first session with the beginnings of a plan, the promise of help and the hope that change is truly possible.

I teach my clients to learn new skills for handling difficult situations, making healthy decisions, and reaching their goals. Many find they enjoy the therapeutic journey of becoming more self-aware. Some people seek ongoing therapy for continual self-growth.

Issues that are causing distress and interfering with daily life can result in negative thoughts, feelings, behaviors and physical symptoms such as pain, fatigue and stress. Many of my clients often report feeling depressed, or anxious and overwhelmed, creating feelings of hopelessness about their life and their future. Their issues may cause them to lose focus at work or school. They also may be experiencing issues related to substance abuse or addiction.

I help people make lifestyle changes that will improve their situation. It is important to help my clients identify the underlying causes of their symptoms and provide strategies for changing unwanted thoughts and behaviors. I provide the skills to manage symptoms, reduce stress, and improve their quality of life. Below are just a few of the challenging issues my clients have encountered.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Stress
  • Work place issues or career obstacles
  • Trauma
  • Anger
  • Relationship or marriage challenges
  • Addiction
  • Food and body image
  • Abuse – physical and or emotional
  • Family issues
  • Insomnia
  • Gender and sexual identity issues

The first session of therapy is focused on getting to know each other and understanding the situation that brought you into therapy. Together we will address your concerns and determine the best course of action. I believe, for therapy to succeed, it is important to collaborate and establish therapeutic treatment goals. Creating therapeutic treatment goals is how we measure progress and gives focus to our therapy sessions. There are many forms of therapy. Some types of treatment work better than others when handling different issues. It is common for me to combine ideas from different approaches when addressing your needs. I do not subscribe to the one size fits all theory – what may work for one person may not work for another. Most of my therapeutic approaches are also evidenced based, which means they have been subject to research studies and clinical observations to test their effectiveness. Below are just a few of the ways I work to help people with a variety of issues:

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most popular and effective types of therapy. This approach helps people look at the connection between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. As a result, people can replace their negative thinking patterns with a more realistic positive ones. The belief behind CBT is that healthy thoughts often promote positive feelings and productive actions.

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) helps people to manage their stress, and improve emotional regulation. In addition, DBT treatment focuses on problem solving and acceptance-based strategies. The term dialectical refers to the processes that bring opposite concepts together. For an example two opposing truths can be true-somedays I am a very attentive driver – some days I can be a very distracted driver. DBT eliminates the black and white distorted thinking - I am a bad driver or I am a good driver.

Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) focuses specifically on building healthy and new relationship skills.

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) helps you to increase your awareness of thoughts and emotions.

Psychodynamic therapy works toward understanding our unconscious experiences and how they may be impacting our current behavior.

Even if therapy cannot cure a condition, it can help people develop healthy coping skills. Determination to be active in therapy and heal is essential for meeting therapeutic goals and fostering a positive therapeutic relationship Finding the right therapist is also crucial to the treatment process.

It is important for you to decide if my style is a good fit for your needs. Finding a therapist, you are comfortable with is not always easy but it is vital to successful treatment. We will talk about the type of therapy that may be most beneficial to you and outline treatment goals to achieve success. I want you to leave the first session with the beginnings of a plan, the promise of help and the hope that change is truly possible.

If you like what you have read, please call my office for a free consultation at 415-454-8931