Frequently Asked Questions
2. How does a typical appointment go? I very much believe in regular, scalable check-ins at every appointment. I currently use the Brief Mood Survey developed by Dr. David Burns of Stanford University. This brief questionnaire is done every session prior to our working together, and again at the end of the session. This not only gives you the opportunity to check in with yourself, but helps me be able to cue into distress areas more quickly.
At the beginning of the session we will likely review any therapy homework, talk about current concerns and identify the direction of the day’s work. I am a firm believer in personal agency, so whatever is on the top of your list to work on, is also the top of my list. The bulk of the session is spent discussing the chosen topic, reviewing if you want to make changes (surprisingly, some people find, after really working through a topic, they are content with how things are don't want to make changes), and then addressing identified areas of change.
Therapy homework is assigned to enhance your work and decrease the amount of time spent in the office. We can then spend office time focusing on the areas where you need the most help, and you can have the benefit of practice between sessions.
At the end of the therapy session, each client is asked to complete and Evaluation of Therapy Form, developed by Dr. David Burns. This gives you a way to tell me if we're on track and if today's session was helpful to you. Getting regular feedback from my clients helps me fine tune my work with them to provide more effective services.