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.
I am an IAEDP approved supervisor for any therapist/mental health professional who would like to become a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. If you are (considering) pursuing certification and in need of a supervisor, please reach out to discuss what sort of support would be most helpful to you during this process.
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) and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT). This holistic approach allows for flexibility and thoroughness in working with individuals.