Individual therapy is when you, the client, meet one-on-one with me, the therapist. Individual therapy sessions typically occur 1x/week for 45/50-minutes, though frequency and duration of sessions can vary depending on what's going on in your life. Often, as treatment progresses, sessions occur less frequently.
Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) is an emerging treatment for disorders of overcontrol. I hope to begin a weekly skills class in fall 2019. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in more information about this class.
I believe in the healing process of therapy, viewing it as a journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and, often, change. I believe therapy to be a collaboration between therapist and client. The therapeutic relationship is essential. Therapy involves a large commitment of time, money, and energy, so it is important that you feel comfortable with the person you select as your therapist. It is important that you feel a good "fit" or "click" in your relationship. As a therapist, I strive to develop a collaborative partnership characterized by warmth, openness, authenticity, and a nonjudgmental stance.
I tailor my treatment approach to the needs, personality, and presenting problems of each client. I tend to use an integrated theoretical orientation, comprised primarily of cognitive-behavioral (CBT), insight-oriented, and experiential perspectives. I believe that individuals are complex and multifaceted beings and that psychological problems are best conceptualized on multiple levels. CBT most strongly targets thoughts and behaviors, insight-oriented processes target increased understanding and insight, and experiential strategies target emotions and body connection. I also draw from mindfulness-based approaches, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). This holistic approach allows for flexibility and thoroughness in working with individuals.
I also offer structured, time-limited approaches for certain presenting problems. For disorders of overcontrol, I offer Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (see http://www.radicallyopen.net/ for more information about this treatment approach). For individuals seeking treatment for PTSD, I provide Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), which is a 12-session empirically support intervention. For individuals looking to develop a more intuitive and internally driven relationship with food and their bodies, I offer Appetite Awareness Training (AAT).