SPECIAL NOTICE: ALL SESSIONS ARE TELEHEALTH
2. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER BEFORE YOUR FIRST SESSION. Be sure to enter your payment information. You will also briefly list what you want to work on in therapy. Try to think in terms of solutions: What do you hope will be better or different after therapy?
3. Read over the telehealth information on my website.
4. If time allows, read the Blog Post blog called CBT 101. If not, you can read it after session 1.
We will spend some time getting to know each other . You will have plenty of time to share and process your thoughts and feelings. Then, we will create a list of problems and work together on a treatment plan to help solve the problems.
In later sessions, all clients will learn new skills including:
· How to monitor your thoughts and self-talk. This includes reading and journaling.
· How to identify and replace negative, unhealthy thoughts and behaviors.
· How to improve negative self-talk.
· New coping skills.
· How to manage difficult emotions.
· How to improve relationships with loved ones.
· Healthy communication skills.
I use the Gottman Method as the basis for couples therapy, including research-based interventions and the Sound Relationship House Theory. This method also includes assessments to determine which areas of your relationship need strengthening.
Issues that may be addressed in couples therapy include:
Therapy aims to strengthen three primary areas of your relationship:
You will be given exercises to:
The Gottmans have researched couples issues for more than 40 years. You can learn more about their method on their website.
If you reach out to me outside of your scheduled session, I may not be available. I may be with another client or otherwise engaged. If you have an emergency between sessions, please use one of the resources below.
If you are in crisis, call 911 and go to the emergency room. The ER will be staffed with mental health professionals who are trained to assist you during a crisis. Please call me AFTER you have gotten help with the crisis.
If you are thinking about suicide, call me, but if you don’t get me right away — call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
More resources are available here.
Texting: Please use texting only to set appointments.
Email: Your email may not be secure. I have a confidential portal that helps reduce the risk. You may chose to email me using Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo mail, etc., but please note there is some risk involved.
Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn: I won’t connect with you on social media because doing so might violate your privacy.
Googling clients: I won’t “google” your unless I’m concerned about your welfare.
Your privacy is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
I'm also required to follow professional ethics and state and federal laws regarding your privacy.
In most cases, what we discuss in our sessions is confidential unless you threaten to harm yourself or others. In those cases, I have a duty to warn and to get help.
I have a duty to report child abuse and elder abuse.
I may have to disclose information if I'm ordered to do so by a court.
Your treatment notes are stored on a server maintained by Counsol.com, a HIPPA-compliant company.