It is necessary that you understand that counseling entails both risks and benefits, and the practice of therapy is more of an art than an exact science. For this reason, it is impossible to guarantee success or provide a clear estimate of the time required for a client to reach his or her personal goals. I do believe that one of the best indicators of success in counseling is the level of motivation exhibited by the client. By motivation, I am referring to consistency in attending sessions, working on goals outside of sessions, and being open to challenge.
Appropriate professional boundaries are also an essential part of a counseling relationship. Even though counseling sessions may be very emotionally and psychologically intimate, it is important for you to realize that our relationship is professional rather than personal. I will honor these boundaries by maintaining a tolerant atmosphere free from judgment. We will work collaboratively to determine your personal goals and then, select a comfortable path leading toward your chosen destination.
There are many theories that seek to define the counseling experience. I generally operate from a Humanistic orientation, but also use Existential, Insight-Oriented, Somatic Experiencing, and Cognitive-Behavioral approaches when appropriate and helpful. Although I believe that human nature is far too complex to be explained by any one theory, these theoretical approaches to therapy are appropriate and effective for a wide range of problems, including anxiety and depression, trauma, abuse, behavioral problems, and adjustment difficulties. My approach is often somewhat educational and I will occasionally request that you do “homework”, such as logging certain behaviors or journaling, and we may spend time examining your thoughts and challenging irrational beliefs. When appropriate, I teach clients relaxation and imagery techniques.
It is important that you provide your consent for counseling. You always have the right to agree or to refuse any specific treatment or service. Therefore, if you have concerns or questions about your treatment plan or the progress of therapy, you are encouraged to let me know.