Let's get to know each other
When you come into my office, I try to get to know you and understand why you decided to seek my help. It is important to me that you feel safe during our sessions. I am a therapist who enjoys her work and is committed to the therapy of my clients. Each person I work with is a unique individual with their own history, goals, dreams, and way of looking at the world, but also with their own resources to overcome difficulties. One of your resources is that you have decided to seek professional help. Congratulations, that takes a lot of courage.
The goal of therapy
The next step in our work together is to establish the goal of therapy. You came to me because there is suffering in your life. Often, you know what is bothering you, but you don't know how to change it - that's why you came to therapy. In our first sessions, we will determine what we will be working on together.
The therapeutic relationship
The basis of my work is building a relationship with you in which you feel safe enough to share your most delicate experiences with me. I do not judge or impose my opinion on you. I am interested in you and what you experience, how you react, think, and feel. For this reason, I will observe you carefully and encourage you to express the emotions and thoughts that arise within you.
The relationship with me will likely reflect your way of functioning with others, so I will also ask questions about thoughts and emotions related to our relationship and what happens in the office. The more you choose to reveal to me, the easier it will be for us to work on your difficulties. Without your engagement, therapy will not help.
It happens that returning to painful experiences can cause a temporary worsening of mood. These are very important moments in therapy and also an opportunity to take care of yourself where care was once lacking. This time, we will be there together and try to ensure that you receive the care that was missing in that experience.
I am an integrative therapist, which means that I use therapeutic tools characteristic of different psychotherapeutic approaches in my work. I really enjoy imaginative work and working with the body. Sometimes I will give you homework, other times I will ask you to imagine the color and shape of emotions or to play a certain role. I choose the tools based on you and what you are dealing with.