Interested in therapy?
Here is some insight into how I approach therapy and what you can expect from me. Therapy should suit your needs and I hope this can help inspire you to find what you are looking for.
What is therapy and how do I approach it with my clients?
Psychotherapy, sometimes known as "talk therapy", is a treatment in which an individual and a provider examine thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in order to help that person understand and make sense of how they function, and make changes where helpful. Therapy typically occurs with weekly sessions (45-60 minutes long) and is a safe space to examine what struggles or questions you have about yourself or how you live your life.
I use an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral style. What does this mean?
Evidence-based means it is backed by science. I use treatment techniques and principles that have been studied and shown to be effective, but I make sure to tailor them to each person's individual needs.
Cognitive-behavioral refers to a commonly used framework that is skills-based. What this means is that we will develop skills for you to understand how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors impact your life and how you can increase those that are helpful and change those that are less helpful.
I use a skills-based approach because I believe, and have seen, that teaching someone how to eventually be their own therapist can help someone develop the confidence to manage whatever life throws at them - as the saying goes, if you catch a man to fish, he eats for a day; teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime! Also of note, I practice with a values framework. What this means is that I will be eager to learn about what your values are and what is important to you in your life so that I can help you live in line with them.
What do sessions look like?
In sessions we will figure out what your values and goals are, and how your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors align. We may track them using worksheets or mobile apps, may incorporate mindfulness exercises, or use other techniques depending on what your needs and preferences are. I often have people do home practice which helps transfer those skills from the office into their every day lives.
How long does therapy last?
This depends on your needs, but cognitive-behavioral therapy can be as quick as 12 sessions (maybe even less for a very targeted goal!) and often lasts for about 6-12 months. We will figure this out together!
* I am licensed to practice in NY, NJ, CT, and FL.