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Individual therapy provided is designed based on specialties delivered which include Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Specialty approach is decided after intake and initial sessions. Please see DBT or CBT webpages for more information on each. In addition to individual therapy, other services are provided which are briefly described below as well as on their own webpages. To learn more about me as a therapist, check out the About page and the Credential and Experience page. We’ll work together to target why you are seeking therapy, identify problems and obstacles, work to overcome these, and help reach your goals in therapy. I approach treatment collaboratively and we work together to assess and consider what is the best approach, strategy, and skills to use.
SKILLS TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS
DBT skills training classes and workshops teach individuals new skills to add to their tool box of life skills. Skills can vary based on course. See updates for course availability. Subscribe to obtain information regularly on when skills training classes and/or workshops are offered and open for new individuals.
Workshops may by offered on occasion on a specific topic to increase understanding. It may include learning specific skills or strategies related to the topic to enhance individual's skills.
When it comes to family services, most of the time, people think therapy. It is considered a treatment where all family members attend and it is a process experience with a therapist helps a family communicate and share their experiences, bring family members closer, suggest and practice new ways to communicate, and help resolve whole family issues. There’s often more to family work that most don’t think about. See the family services section of this webpage to see what is offered in this case.
Many are often recommended for DBT do to the complexity presented to someone as well as the symptoms one is experiencing. Referrals for DBT can come from psychiatric emergency services, psychiatric inpatient units, other therapists who have exhausted all services they can provide, psychiatrists, and by oneself after doing research to help oneself. Participating in a comprehensive evaluation, completing a small battery of assessments, and clinical interviews can allow one to obtain a roadmap for their next step in treatment. Individuals (or families if the individual is an adolescent) leave with a plan and understanding what might be more helpful after fumbling through therapists and various treatments. It can direct individuals to consider other levels of care, when this seems appropriate like short term residential treatment, partial hospitalizations (day treatment), intensive outpatient, or other specialized treatments with a level of care different from outpatient services. It won’t suggest every treatment out there but can compile information and suggest next steps with recommendations to seek DBT and/or other treatment models. Having a comprehensive report can allow individuals to digest what is discussed and suggested as a road map to potential future treatment.
Often evaluations are competed to see if DBT might be a good fit or what other treatment supports might be a better option. It usually consists of 2-3 sessions with the first 2 being 1.5 hours in addition to some standard assessments. The 3rd is pending need. This may vary based on the person. Adolescents may have 1-2 additional meetings to meet with the parents or caregivers only, the adolescent individually, and allow for communication with other providers like schools, therapists, referral source, etc. The written comprehensive report can be helpful for the next therapist, psychiatrist, and treatment program.
The evaluation also helps to educate about DBT, if it is an appropriate fit. This can help those who consider DBT to be well informed on what it entails. I explain ways to find a valid DBT therapist and how to screen in adherent DBT providers and those who do DBT to protocol and screen out those who have some training but do not provide DBT to fidelity to ensure a proper provider. Contact me for interest and with questions.
Recommended for something else, interested in another approach? Contact me to discuss.