Cognitive Behavior Therapy
I provide group, individual, and couples psychotherapy to adults across the life span and life stage.
Group therapy is often misrepresented on TV and in the media. Allow me to inform you about the process and power of group therapy as I see it.
Group therapy is another form of psychotherapy that involves one or more therapist working with several people at the same time. A group can run with as little as three people and one therapist or as many as 15 plus people and two therapist. Group therapy session are often topical in nature in that group members typically are all dealing with the same concern. For example: a depression or anxiety group. Group therapy is common in multiple settings like universities, hospitals, community centers and private practice. I love facilitating groups because they provide elements that individual counseling does not.
Group Therapy Benefits
What Group therapy provides that individual therapy cannot?
- Universality: Being part of a group of people who have the same experiences helps people see that what they are going through is universal and that they are not alone.
- Altruism: Group members can share their strengths and help others in the group, which can boost self-esteem and confidence.
- Interpersonal learning: By interacting with other people and receiving feedback from the group and the therapist, members of the group can gain a greater understanding of themselves
- Development of socialization techniques: The group setting is a great place to practice new behaviors. The setting is safe and supportive, allowing group members to experiment without the fear of failure.
- Catharsis: Sharing feelings and experiences with a group of people can help relieve pain, guilt, or stress.
- Imparting information: Group members can help each other by sharing information.
- The corrective recapitulation of the primary family group: The therapy group is much like a family in some ways. Within the group, each member can explore how childhood experiences contributed to personality and behaviors. They can also learn to avoid behaviors that are destructive or unhelpful in real life.
- Group cohesiveness: Because the group is united in a common goal, members gain a sense of belonging and acceptance.
- Existential factors: While working within a group offers support and guidance, group therapy helps member realize that they are responsible for their own lives, actions, and choices.
There are two main types of groups: Process groups and Skills Groups.
Process groups-focus on processing emotions in the present moment and allow more space for individuals to share their story in a freeform structure.
Skills groups-are topical and geared toward learning more about a diagnosis or distress in order to apply skills and reduce symptoms.
To participate in any of my groups, a group screening is required. This screening allows me to assess your clinical fit for group and help you in identifying initial goals as well as how to utilize group to get the most benefit out of your participation.
Individual sessions with a therapist are typically 50 minutes long, at a frequency of once a week. Meeting more than once a week is based on severity of need.
A regular session with me looks like a check-in on how you are currently doing.This is your chance to share how daily life is affecting you both positively and negatively. Then I will share my agenda for the day. Based on your treatment plan, I typically have 2-3 topic areas I will lead you in exploration or will provide psychoeducation. You are able to add and subtract from this agenda. The agenda simply helps me utilize our 50 minutes most effectively. The last ten minutes of session is used to summarize insights from the session, resurface if it was a particularly heavy session, and assign homework and schedule for next week.
Couples therapy is another form of psychotherapy in which a therapist hold special expertise working with romantic partners and married partners. In general the goal is to help two people involved in a romantic relationship gain insight into their relationship, resolve conflict and improve relationship satisfaction utilizing a variety of therapeutic interventions.
$100.00 per group session.
I am currently running the following skills groups: Perfectionism-6 weeks, Anxiety- 6 weeks, and Burnout-6 weeks.
Check here for the calendar of start dates and schedule your Group Screening.
I believe in the inherent value of every person. I conceptualized and work primarily through a Cognitive-Behavioral orientation. Cognitive Behavior Therapy permits me to provide a goal oriented structure, concrete skills, and comprehensive therapeutic support. I pay particular attention to how individuals interpret their world and will cater my interventions to your worldview while identifying unhelpful behaviors within a strong therapeutic relationship.
I also believe that all counseling is multicultural counseling. We all represent multiple intersections of identity. Recognizing contextual factors and cultural diversity is an irrevocable element of competent practice that I place at the forefront of my therapy. I approach my clinical practice with a deep belief that people want to be recognized for, but not reduced to their differences. As a black woman, I acknowledge the diversity I bring into the counseling room, and prioritize you having the requite space to heal and process. I welcome all sexual orientations, ethnicities, nationalities, economic backgrounds and genders.
Therapeutic success for me is when new understanding, new behaviors, and self-compassion have been acquired so that symptom reduction or management is at a level to which you feel that you are able to function and flourish without the support of regular counseling. I look forward to working with you!
The Therapy Process
Therapy with me begins with an assessment of our fit for working together. One essential element for healing is feeling safe. We both contribute to the safety of the therapeutic alliance via mutual respect and honesty. I conduct a diagnostic evaluation across the first 2 sessions. During this time, I will assess whether I can be of benefit to you. I do not accept clients who I believe I cannot be helpful to, and if this is the case, I will refer you to others who work well with your presenting concern.
After starting treatment, we will discuss my working understanding of your issues, my proposed treatment plan, therapeutic objectives, and possible outcomes of the therapy. If you have questions about any of the interventions used in the course of your therapy, their possible risks, my expertise in employing them or about the treatment plan in general, please ask me.
Therapy is a collaborative, active process. In order for your therapy to be most successful, you will need to work on things we talk about both during our sessions and outside of our sessions. You are expected to play an active role in your therapy, including collaborating with me to identify treatment goals, completing questionnaires when appropriate, and designing and completing homework assignments.