An important part of treatment is the relationship you have with your therapist. If you are new to therapy, this relationship is a part of what we therapists call “good fit.” There are a lot of factors involved with whether there is a good fit between you and your therapist. I encourage people to reflect on what helps them feel safe to explore difficult topics. For some that may mean having a therapist with similar values, and or someone who is warm and validating. Depending on your goals, you may know that you need a therapist who is comfortable with challenging your perspective. Whatever your preferences, I encourage a discussion about your needs.
In addition to fit, it’s important to consider the treatment areas and client preferences of the therapist. Here is a closer look at my preferences, treatment areas and training.
- Trauma & Stress Disorders
- Adult Children of Alcoholics
- Marital & Family Conflict
- Blended Family Structure & Conflict
- Pre-marital Therapy
- Life Transitions
- Childhood Emotional Neglect
- Insecurity & “Trust Issues”
- LGTBQIA Concerns
- Gottman Method: Treating trauma, addiction and affairs in couple relationships, as well as Level 1 completion.
- Mindfulness: Treating depression and other disorders utilizing Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, as well as additional experience participating in a Sangha organized in the Buddhist tradition described by Thich Nhat Hanh.
- Externship completion in Emotionally-Focused Therapy for Couples.
- Introductory training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for treating traumatic attachment.
- Coursework in therapeutic interventions with openly non-monogamous relationships and family systems.
- Essentials of cognitive therapy as taught by The Beck Institute.
- PREPARE-ENRICH Facilitator for pre-marital and parenting assessments.