There are three general phases of treatment. Each phase has other stages within that we will discuss in greater detail during a session.
Phase 1: Intake and Assessment
Phase One is best described as an information-gathering state where you complete a thorough intake interview and psychological assessments. We will have the chance to review your mental and physical history and goals for treatment. We will develop a treatment plan to address immediate needs and long-term goals. If you agree with the program, we will enter the treatment phase.
Phase 2: Intervention
The type, duration and characteristics of treatment will vary based on diagnosis, symptom severity and functional limitations. The majority of my practice involves weekly to biweekly 60-90 minute appointments for a time-limited period. Of course, this depends on the treatment plan, practical issues and other factors. During this time, you can expect to meet with me in person or online at regular intervals. The majority of the treatments I provide are based on cognitive-behavioral theories. You can expect to engage in psychoeducation about the disorder(s), to develop healthier coping skills and a deeper understanding of how your thoughts impact your behaviors. You will also be asked to track your symptoms and behaviors and complete homework assignments.
Phase 3: End of Treatment
Reaching the end of treatment can be a transformative experience. At this point, you will be using the skills you learned in therapy in your day-to-day life, with less and less guidance. This part of the treatment will be focusing on your progress and how to maintain this progress once treatment is over. The final phase involves a closing session in order to provide a review and address any outstanding issues.