All of our communication becomes part of the clinical record, which is accessible to you upon request. I will keep confidential anything you say as part of our counseling relationship, with the following exceptions: (a) you direct me in writing to disclose information to someone else, (b) it is determined you are a danger to yourself or others (including child or elder abuse), or (c) I am ordered by a court to disclose information.
Client’s Rights and Responsibilities
As a client, you have the right to choose a counselor/therapist who best suits your needs and purposes. Please be advised that you may ask questions about treatment at any time, and you may also choose to terminate/end therapy at any time.
Counseling offers you the chance to express ideas and concerns, to better understand your situation, and to learn new ways to solve problems. At times you may experience feelings that are difficult; however I will assist you in providing accurate assessment that will help guide our treatment planning. We will discuss the assessment and your treatment goals throughout the counseling process.
Your Participation in Counseling/Psychotherapy
You understand that for counseling to be most successful, you will need to be actively engaged and participate in your own healing and growth. Additionally, you understand that the work you complete outside of therapy sessions will greatly impact your progress in counseling.
Psychotherapy Philosophy and Approach
My counseling/therapy work integrates several different therapeutic theories, styles, and techniques, depending on what best fits your needs and your situation. For instance, I use a cognitive/behavioral approach, and some features in strengths-based counseling and family therapy. I focus on client’s strengths and help them find solutions that work within their systems.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy, schema therapy and the bio-psychosocial counseling approach of mind, body, and spirit in working with the total individual is the basic theoretical foundation of my work with clients. Depending on your individual needs, I will use different methods of therapy. Sessions will focus on some of the following areas: self-awareness, choice, problem solving, and setting goals for the present and future. Other areas of counseling may include focusing on responsibility, meaning of life, your strengths and limitations, self-concept, acceptance, and change.
Outside of session, there may be homework assignments such as journal writing, reading, art or other methods of self- discovery and expression. The process and content of the assignments will be followed up in counseling sessions for the development of self-awareness and healing. I will challenge you in a caring and empathetic manner to examine yourself and seek alternative options and strategies for handling life. I am comfortable working with individuals from diverse cultures and lifestyles. I acknowledge the effect of socio-cultural systems on members of minority groups. If significant differences exist in our culture and belief systems, I will work to understand those differences.