Psychotherapy FAQ

What kind of therapy do you offer?

An integration of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy ("CBT"), Dialectical Behavior Therapy ("DBT"), Motivational Enhancement Therapy, and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for adults is the core of my practice. Additionally, I practice from a Contemporary Psychoanalytic Relational perspective, which entails both a "here and now" focus and an exploration of the interactions that occur between the client and therapist, as this may provide valuable information about important ways in which the client relates to others in his or her life. (For information about therapy for drinking, click here.)

Is your approach brief or long-term?

I offer both short and long-term treatment, depending on your interests and needs. Shorter-term work usually focuses on a particular issue of concern (for example, reducing drinking). It is typically more structured to include discussion of new concepts, completion of exercises to identify maladaptive thought patterns, practicing new skills in sessions, and thinking about how to apply these in your life. Longer-term work is much less structured, and time is usually spent exploring all aspects of your life and the things that are most on your mind. Longer-term work may include some of the same types of exercises utilized in short-term treatment, but is more focused on the “bigger picture.” Though primarily focusing on the here-and-now, longer term work also usually includes discussion about the past to explore its influence on the present.

 

How long does treatment typically last?

The duration of treatment is individually tailored to the needs of each client. Typically, though, shorter-term work entails 10-20 sessions. Longer-term work tends to be more open-ended, as it is oriented toward broader concerns in life, though clients often commit to at least a year.

How often would we meet?

Frequency of sessions is based on the needs of each client, and this is something we would decide upon together, based on my recommendations and your interests and needs. For shorter-term work, once a week is standard, and provides the chance to practice new strategies and skills in between sessions. Longer-term treatment can also include once weekly sessions, though many people find it to be a richer experience with meeting two to three times per week.

How long are sessions?

Length of sessions tends to be 45 minutes, though longer sessions can be arranged.

Can I bring someone to my sessions?

My general focus is working with individuals, however, in some cases, clients may elect to have significant others join some sessions or meet with me individually. This is something we would plan and discuss in advance.