How Does Therapy Work?
If you are hurting inside, or your life just doesn’t seem to be working, talking with friends or family members can sometimes help you feel a little better for a while. But even the most loving friend can’t provide therapy. Therapy is a treatment process that uses specialized techniques of caring that have been designed to offer effective, long-lasting help for people suffering from a wide range of difficulties, such as emotional distress, anxiety, marital strife, fears, a significant loss, or a clinical disorder. Therapy can also help fulfill aspirations for personal growth or self-improvement.
One of the biggest misconceptions about therapy is that seeing a therapist is a sign of weakness. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Recognizing the need for help and seeking professional therapy is a sign of both strength and your determination to live a healthy and meaningful life! Working together, you and your therapist will identify your goals (what you want to have happen) and agree on how you’ll know when you are making progress. Therapy has one clear and definite purpose: that something of positive value and constructive usefulness will come out of it for you.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is my theoretical modality of choice. The concept focuses on identifying cognitive distortions and replacing them with healthier and more realistic alternatives.
Confidentiality and Mandated Reporting
As a therapist, I protect the confidentiality of all communication and contracts with my clients. However, I am a mandated reporter, and the following instances would require me by law to act outside this confidentiality:
1) If I learn of or suspect any abuse of either a child, elderly, or disabled persons, I am required to notify the appropriate protective services.
2) If you tell me that you intend to harm yourself or commit an act of violence against another person, I am required to notify the appropriate authorities.
3) If I am required by a court order to testify or submit my client records.
Social Media Policy
I do not accept friend or contact requests from current or former clients on any social networking sites as it can compromise your confidentiality and our respective privacy. It may also blur the boundaries of our therapeutic relationship.