Many people who seek the services of a therapist have struggled before making the decision. What is a therapist “supposed to” do for you? From my perspective, psychotherapy is a process that happens between a therapist and patient(s) in which they work together to build a healthy professional relationship where safe communication can occur. Some of the people who seek therapy are looking for a guide, confidant, teacher, mentor or cheerleader. Others want to find an objective bystander whose purpose is to help identify difficulties in relationships or help devise strategies to build skills or help them cope with struggles in life.
Ideally, people enter into therapy to work on a specific goal(s), but what they end up talking about is frequently something different than what brought them into the office. Therapy goals shift over time, but the process of psychotherapy is most beneficial when there is a particular objective or destination.
I believe strongly in focusing on behaviors. We are creatures of habit with actions that arise or evolve for a variety of reasons. People often come to therapy to work on changing behaviors that are not working in their lives any longer. Since these behaviors are often imbued with meaning, part of therapy process involves exploration of our beliefs and thoughts about habits or that gave rise to the habits that are no longer working.I draw on a variety of styles and techniques to incorporate what will be most helpful for each client. I work with each client to help them build on their strengths to identify and achieve life goals..