At one point during graduate school, I became disillusioned with the therapeutic process. I finally blurted out in the middle of a class: “What is the point of all this? It would be just as effective to talk to a rock.” The instructor paused for a moment, and then smiled and said “When was the last time you had a conversation with a rock?”
That was the moment I began to learn the value of relationship in therapy. Individual therapy is a special form of a relationship, providing a safe place for the client to explore and tease out what works well — and what needs a bit of adjustment.
At the beginning of our work together I will ask you about the history of your concerns and why you are coming to see me. I will also ask you questions designed to help you discover what an ideal outcome will be. I will incorporate several different client-focused treatment modalities and philosophies, such as Family Systems philosophies, Emotion-Focused and Solution-Focused approaches, Cognitive-Behavioral and Experiential models. My treatment will nearly always have an evidenced-based component or assignment, as I have found that methodology generates the best outcomes.