Practice information and service procedures
Welcome to my practice. This site contains important information about my professional services and business policies, which will help orient you around our potential working relationship. If you have any questions, please contact me and I will be happy to address any questions and/or concerns.
The specific nature of therapy will vary depending on the personality of the therapist and client, as well as on your specific issues and goals. Together we will agree on a specific treatment plan tailored to your circumstances. It is important to understand that success in therapy is directly correlated to your active participation in the process.
The success of therapy will depend in large part on the effort you put forward during and outside of our sessions. Progress is also highly dependent on good communication between patient and therapist. If at any time during the therapy you have any questions or concerns, feelings about something I have said or suggested, or need clarification regarding our progress, do not hesitate to bring this up.
Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings and the process may, at times, feel quite difficult. On the other hand, psychotherapy has also been shown to have benefits for people who go through it: therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress.
Whether I am working with you in ongoing, long-term therapy to understand and alter unhealthy or disruptive lifelong patterns, or briefly consulting on a circumscribed issue, my therapy approach always includes openness, compassion, and a dedication to developing an understanding of the issues at hand within the context of who you are and your particular circumstances.
Process of therapy and evaluation
Choosing a psychotherapist can be a daunting task.
During the evaluation process, I will be transparent with you about how well my skills correspond with your presenting problems. I also strongly encourage all clients to remain deeply attentive to your feelings and comfort levels with any helping professional. To better ensure our therapeutic fit, I offer a free 30 minute consultation visit. During this first meeting, if either of us determine that another psychologist/therapist might be more beneficial for you; I will offer you appropriate referrals.
If we decide that we are a good match, I will highlight some of the information contained in my policies and consent form and will retain a signed copy of that form as your consent for treatment. Within a reasonable period of time after starting treatment, we will discuss my working understanding of your issues, my proposed treatment plan, and therapeutic objectives and possible outcomes of the therapy. If you have questions about any of the procedures used in the course of your therapy, any possible risks, my expertise in employing them, or about the treatment plan in general, please ask me. You also have the right to ask about other possible treatments for your condition and their risks and benefits. If you could benefit from any treatments that I do not provide, I have an ethical obligation to assist you in obtaining those treatments.