1. How will I know if you are the right therapist for me?
Research has indicated that the number one indicator for whether therapy will be helpful to an individual is derived from the quality and safety of the client-therapist connection. In other words, its really important that you feel connected and safe with me. For that reason, you feeling comfortable is my number one priority. If we meet and you find the connection just isn't what you were hoping for, no problem! We will work together to find you a better suited therapist. The best way to find out if I am right for you is to reach out for a free phone consultation, and/or to meet up for an intake session together!
2. Are you offering Telehealth?
Yes! I am only offering telehealth as an option at this time! When we speak to set up our appointment I will talk you through all of the steps to get going with the tele-platform!
3. How long are appointments?
Appointments are typically 50 minutes but you have the option of setting up a longer appointment (90 minutes) if there is a particularly complex struggle we are working through.
4. How often do we meet?
Initially we will meet weekly. I believe frequent initial contact is key to building a strong therapeutic foundation and gaining the necessary momentum to begin to create change and healing in your life. As treatment progresses, we can have a discussion about meeting less regularly.
5. What treatment modalities do you use?
I use a hybrid of modalities depending on your specific personality and needs. My favorite interventions are derived from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Psychodynamic/Insight oriented models, Bowenian genogram and boundary setting techniques, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Gottman institute interventions for couples work. Did all of that sound like pig-latin to you? Feel free to contact me and I will explain in more detail what each of those models are about!
6. What does your title, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, mean exactly?
The degree title can be confusing for some because it leaves people wondering if this means the therapist ONLY sees couples and families in the therapy room. That is not the case! LMFT's take on the full gambit- individuals, families, and couples. What differentiates LMFT from other therapy degrees is this degree trains the therapist to focus on the ways each of us are shaped by the communities in which we are a part. When getting to know a new client, we are going to be considering them through the lens of the greater systems to which they belong. We look at the family you came from, the culture you ascribe to, the race you identify with, and the general context of your life - just to name a few examples, as we attempt to understand what makes you, YOU! In other words, we look at the big picture. That being said, LMFT's ARE given more specialized training and supervision around working with couples and families than other therapy degrees.
7. So who do you see in your therapy practice?
While I love working with anyone, I find that females (ages 25-55) and couples most often resonate with my style.