What Might Treatment Look Like?
We strive to provide compassionate, individualized, evidence-based, and effective treatment to our patients. Each individual’s treatment experience is different, but there are some common factors to the way we work with our patients, and these are described here.
We work with our clients to set treatment goals and monitor progress.
Your therapist will work with you to identify your goals for treatment and to monitor your progress toward those goals. She will use the progress monitoring data to guide the clinical work and to determine whether the therapy is helping you achieve your therapy goals.
We work to structure and work actively in the therapy session.
Most of our patients meet with their therapist weekly. You and your therapist will often begin the session by reviewing your progress monitoring data, discussing your homework from the previous week, reviewing how things have gone since the last session, and then working collaboratively to set an agenda for the session. Typically, the therapy session focuses on current, concrete, and specific problems with which you would like some help. Your therapist will work actively to offer some new perspectives and to teach you some tools to help you address these problems.
Some examples of strategies she might use to help you are:
– Developing a model to help explain how the difficulties you are having might be related to each other, and what might be driving them
– Teaching you how to evaluate thoughts and beliefs
– Helping you identify and shift behaviors that may be contributing to the problem
– Teaching you skills to respond differently to situations that you cannot change
– Helping you evaluate pros and cons in order to make a decision
– Helping you identify and address obstacles that get in the way of your doing things that you know are in your best interest
– Role-playing a new way of handling a troublesome situation
– Working to help you build compassion for yourself in difficult situations
The session will usually end with you and the therapist collaboratively setting a homework assignment for you to implement over the course of the week. Because CBT involves learning new skills, practice outside the therapy session is an essential part of treatment.
We ask for and appreciate our clients’ feedback
We believe that a successful treatment requires a collaborative and trusting patient-therapist relationship. As part of building a good relationship and tracking progress toward therapy goals, we find it important to get regular feedback from our patients. In addition to inviting you to give feedback in session, your therapist might also suggest that you complete a written feedback form between sessions.