I appreciate the opportunity to be supportive of you.
It is important to me that you know we will be working together…that this is a journey. I believe our work will be most helpful to you if you have a clear idea of this process. Because you will be putting a great amount of time, money, and energy into therapy, you should choose a therapist carefully. I strongly believe you should feel comfortable with the therapist you choose, and hopeful about therapy. When you believe this way, therapy is more likely to make a difference. Let me briefly describe how I see therapy.
My theoretical approach is mostly based on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). I choose from other approaches as needed. Clinically, CBT is based on a theory of personality which maintains that how one thinks largely determines how one feels and behaves. How I like to describe that is: your thoughts influence your feelings which influence your behaviors. If I can help you change your thoughts or offer you a different perspective about the challenge you are facing; your feelings will be more positive and manageable which will in turn influence your behavior. How CBT can influence your life is offering techniques and tools to manage thoughts and feelings. I am also a firm believer that unresolved feelings contribute to most challenges we face in life. A considerable amount of time is spent processing feelings (some from our past but mostly focusing on current feelings).