I became a psychotherapist because I want to help people. I’ve seen how effective therapy can be first-hand as a client and as someone who has a loved-one with mental illness. I know that therapy can help.
I’ve also been frustrated by the lack of direction and meandering way in which therapy is often conducted, costing a lot of time and money and often, not getting results. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a time-sensitive, structured, present-oriented approach to psychotherapy that has more research behind it than any other modality. It’s been proven effective in addressing a wide variety of problems. I have been trained by Dr. Aaron Beck, the founding father of CBT and Dr. Judith Beck, the current president of the at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
If you’ve been in therapy before, you’ll probably find this approach pretty different. Prior to our first meeting, you will complete paperwork that asks many of the questions most therapists spend the first several sessions asking. That enables us to more quickly get to the issues that bring you to therapy. In each session, we’ll work together to create a plan for our time that ensures we stay on track with what brings you in to therapy. You will have homework each week and you will define your own goals for our work, so that we know we are making progress.