What takes place in a counseling session?
In the first session we will discuss why you have come to counseling as well as your goals for counseling. This session typically takes 1-1.5 hours. In following sessions, you will learn new techniques to cope with struggles and shift your perspective in a direction that promotes personal growth and strengthens self confidence.
Each session lasts for approximately 50 minutes. Weekly sessions are usually the most beneficial, but I see some clients every other week. If you are in a crisis or in extreme distress, I may see you more than once a week until the crisis passes.
What can you expect to get out of counseling?
There are many benefits to counseling. You may be experiencing a problem and find yourself so consumed by it that you have lost perspective. Counseling can help you get back in touch with your values, redirect you, offer feedback, and give you a safe place to process thoughts and emotions.
My results-focused counseling style paired with your active participation can quickly empower you with tools, skills, and knowledge needed to take life-improving actions. You can learn simple techniques to change your interpretation of events which can lead to a new view of your past, present, and future. My commitment is that you live your life powerfully in all areas, and I will work with you to transform what does not work into new areas of opportunity.
People tend to take away only as much as they put into the counseling process. It is important that you put the tools and ideas discussed in session into practice in your daily life, building new habits and strengths, so you can have lasting improvements.
What is CBT?
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. CBT is based on the Cognitive Model of Emotional Response. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to feel / act better even if the situation does not change.
CBT is briefer (than other types of therapy) and often time-limited.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is considered among the most rapid in terms of results obtained. The average number of sessions clients receive (across all types of problems and approaches to CBT) is only 16. Other forms of therapy, like psychoanalysis, can take years. What enables CBT to be briefer is its highly instructive nature and the fact that it makes use of homework assignments. CBT is time-limited in that we help clients understand at the very beginning of the therapy process that there will be a point when the formal therapy will end. The ending of the formal therapy is a decision made by the therapist and client. Therefore, CBT is not an open-ended, never-ending process.
CBT is a collaborative effort between the therapist and the client.
Cognitive-behavioral therapists seek to learn what their clients want out of life (their goals) and then help their clients achieve those goals. The therapist's role is to listen, teach, and encourage, while the client's roles is to express concerns, learn, and implement that learning.
CBT uses the Socratic Method.
Cognitive-behavioral therapists want to gain a very good understanding of their clients' concerns. That's why they often ask questions. They also encourage their clients to ask questions of themselves, like, "How do I really know that those people are laughing at me?" "Could they be laughing about something else?"
What is the cost?
$110 per 50 minute session, and $10 for each 10 minutes of non-emergency phone consultation (for established clients). The initial intake session is 50-80 min and $150. Payments of cash, check, and major credit and debit cards are due at time of service. I am in-network with Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and several EAP plans. If you wish to use your out-of-network insurance benefits, I can submit claims to them on your behalf, and you will be reimbursed according to your individual plan.