Theoretical Orientation

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Theoretical Orientation

What is Solution Focused Therapy?

When we work from solution-focused therapy, we focus on the here and now and what we need to do to reach our goals. Moreover, we are working together on finding your solutions instead of exploring and reinforcing your problems. This approach is very practical and can help clients find their solutions quickly. Suppose you have been in therapy before and are used to telling your story repeatedly and relieving these problematic experiences. In that case, this will feel very different and uncomfortable. This intervention aims not to focus on the problem and to focus on your solutions to these problems.  

What is Reality Therapy?

When we work from reality therapy, we focus on the here and now and the choices we have in front of us. Often, we are in difficult situations with and we feel as if we have “no choice” therefore, we feel trapped, depressed, anxious, angry, powerless, and helpless. In reality, we have choices, the choices before us may not be great choices or the best choices we want to make, yet we have found ourselves having to choose from the lesser of two options. Therefore, we will evaluate how you see the goals you have achieved and those you have not, deciding if your goals are realistic and ready and willing to make a change to accomplish this goal? This theory’s foundation is taking responsibility for the choices in front of us and choosing more practical actions to help us. Again, this is not an approach to explore the past in detail. Instead, we want to understand where we are right now and what we need to do to reach your goals. 

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

When we work from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), we are exploring what is going on right now, sometimes requiring us to understand the past better, so we can be healthier for the futureOften, we struggle with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, relationship issues, and familial problems. We experience many problems because we have unhelpful ways of thinking or seeing a situation or learned maladaptive (bad) coping skills, behaviors, and patterns to these problems 

Our goal in using CBT is to change your unhelpful ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving to help you learn useful coping skills for these complex problems. This theory allows you to take concrete steps to change what you are currently feeling, thinking, and doing that is not working and replace it with more valuable skills to reduce or solve the problematic behaviors.  

This intervention requires learning and reviewing the coping skills, tools, and steps for you to take then to leave our session and practice these tools outside of the counseling session as “homework.” If you do not practice using these new skills outside the session, you will likely not see any meaningful positive results.  

The Process

In order to proceed with booking an appointment, you will need to fill out and sign the online fillable PDF forms listed below. Once you have completed and submitted the forms to our HIPAA approved and encrypted email address, we will process your documents and get in touch with you within 24 business hours.

 

Consent for Telehealth Treatment

HIPAA Agreement

Authorization for Electronic Communication

Credit Card Authorization

Informed Consent Service Agreement

HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices

Consent for Telehealth Treatment

HIPAA Agreement

Authorization for Electronic Communication

Credit Card Authorization

Informed Consent Service Agreement

HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices

Proceed with Booking

If You are In A Crisis, Get Help Immediately!

If you’re in pain, struggling, and needing immediate help then call 911, go to the nearest emergency department, call lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or chat through their Lifeline Chat services. Additional information can be found on their website www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

If, for unseen reasons, you do not hear from me or I am unable to reach you, and you feel you cannot wait for a return call or feel unable to keep yourself safe, please go to your local hospital Emergency Room or call 911. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 and ask to speak to the mental health worker on call. I will make every attempt to inform you in advance of planned absences and provide you with the name and phone number of the mental health professional covering my practice.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal or emotional distress 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, promoting professional best practices, and building awareness https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

President Signs National Suicide Prevention Designation Act Into Law.

The President recently signed the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act into law. 988, the new three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, is to be completed by July 2022. In the meantime, please continue to share 1-800-273-TALK (8255) with anyone wishing to connect to the Lifeline. 988 is NOT CURRENTLY ACTIVE nationally and may not connect callers to the Lifeline. https://www.vibrant.org/president-signs-988-into-law