What does evidence based therapy or practice mean?
Evidence based therapy refers to treatment that have been well researched and shown to improve outcomes such as feeling happier or less anxious. You are making the choice to make changes in your life, and I want to utilize the best tools and approaches available to help you reach your goals. I am trained in several different approaches that have a strong research basis, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), interpersonal therapy (IPT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
What if I am concerned about my drinking or other substance use but am not ready to stop. Should I still consider therapy?
Yes! Abstinence is not the only answer. I have a lot of experience working with people who are looking to make changes in their substance use, but are not looking to stop completely. Harm reduction strategies (i.e., reducing how much you are drinking or smoking) can lead to significant positive changes. Therapy can be a great venue to examine your use and develop harm reduction skills and ultimately develop a healthier relationship with alcohol, marijuana, or another substance.
If I am not the one with the substance use problem, why should I be the one coming in for therapy or coaching?
It can be an incredibly scary and frustrating experience to have a loved one with addiction issues. You don’t know how to get them to stop or make changes. This is a very common experience when dealing with a loved one with a substance use problem. It is often the people closest to them that see the damage before the individual actually wants to change. Parent/Family Coaching can provide you with specific guidance around how to motivate your loved one to go to treatment as well as help you manage your own stress during this challenging time.