The initial meeting is a very important first contact. The counselor has many duties to complete with you at this time: Treatment Plan (goal development), initial evaluation (systemic needs assessment), Rapport building (get to know you). Among other therapeutic objectives not listed.
Individual therapy is a deeply personal, unique and sensitive process. The most important aspect of therapeutic change is the relationship between therapist and client. I have experience working with various personalities, concerns, and symptoms. There needs to be a positive interaction between therapist and client. If you are not satisfied fully with the developing relationship between counselor and client, it is your responsibility to communicate these concerns. The therapist is not able to help unless they realize something is amiss.
Marriage counseling, Relationship counseling, Partnership counseling, Family counseling, however you define more than one person working through mental health concerns. Navigating the turbulent waters of personal interaction can be a challenging task. The therapist must attend to numerous variables, goals, personalities, and therapeutic effects simultaneously. The therapist has advanced training in navigating these waters, however this is still an interactive process requiring ongoing communication.
The physical response of the body to stress, trauma, and personal interaction can be a very unsettling process. Bio-feedback utilizes internal and external cues to increase awareness and mindfulness of distress in the body. Systems of effect that can be adapted and changed in psychotherapy: heart rate, respiratory, muscular, even brain waves. I utilize various methods to improve functioning through Bio-Feedback. Please inquire for more information.
I have experience utilizing numerous counseling modalities and will alter the primary style as needed for the client's developmental, preferential, and personality attributes. Effective and evidenced based techniques including: Cognitive Behavioral, Cognitive, Behavioral, Existential, Solution Focused, Play Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Identity Formation, Locus of Control,
and always looking to learn new techniques.