Therapeutic Approaches

You are unique.  No other person has the same needs as you do, therefore, I will treat you based upon the therapeutic goals that you and I establish in our initial sessions.  All clients receive a thorough assessment and individualized treatment plan, that has measurable goals.  With your permission, I will also work with other professionals that are providing care for you to include your primary care provider or psychiatrist, if you are working with one. We are all a part of your treatment team.

The therapeutic approaches or interventions (things that help bring able change) that I use to help you work through your anxiety, stress, and depression tend to be eclectic (or mixed) and may be brief or longer-term, depending on your needs.  I like to use a variety of therapeutic approaches, but my primary therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

Why do I use CBT? 

CBT (Drs. Aaron Beck and Albert Ellis) is the most empirically (research) supported and successful therapy out there.  Some benefits to using CBT include:

  • it is brief or short-term;  usually 16 or fewer sessions
  • it is protocol-driven which means it sticks with a plan or offers a precise, step-by-step method
  • it is the most accepted therapy by insurance or managed care companies
  • it helps clients to identify and correct inaccurate and defeating assumptions and distorted thinking patterns that keeps you stuck self-reinforcing unhappiness
  • it is a humane, compassionate, and rational approach
  • it can effectively treatment a large range of psychiatric conditions

Some of the other therapy approaches or interventions that I use include (but not limited to)

*Reality Therapy (Dr. William Glasser)

*Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Dr. Marsha Linehan)

*Solution-Focused Therapies (de Shazer, Berg, M. Erickson)

*Wellness and Recovery (Mary Ellen Copeland)

*Positive Psychology (Martin Seligman)

*Mindfulness-Based Interventions

*Narrative Therapy (Michael White and David Epston)

What Services Do You Provide?

Psychotherapy for Adults 

Psychotherapy or "talk therapy" is a face-to-face interaction (via teleconference or in-person) between one individual, couple, group, or family and a licensed clinician. Psychotherapy is a process in which psychological or mental health problems are treated based on a trusting and confidential relationship between a client (or clients) and a trained mental health professional. It tends to be a little longer in duration than counseling.  Psychotherapy starts with completion of a bio-psycho-social assessment.  It also involves development of a treatment plan (goals), and the use of therapeutic interventions i.e. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Psychotherapy does not involve the prescribing of medications. Medication can only be prescribed by a doctor (MD, DO), Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant.

Psychotherapy is often time-limited, focused, and usually occurs once a week for 50 minutes per session. In my practice I only offer individual therapy via teleconference.  

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Life Coaching

A life coach helps clients to make clear goals and changes in their lives. The client is the expert and the life coach's role is to provide engagement, empowerment, and motivational tools that will push the client beyond their normal limits and into a new realm of possibility. Life coaching is a professional partnership. Life coaching is not psychotherapy. In life coaching relationships, the focus primarily is on the present and future. Examples of issues that may be addressed in life coaching may include, but not limited to, wanting to change careers, adjusting to life changes, clarifying goals and values. Although I am a trained psychotherapist, I will not provide both services simultaneously. If I am providing life coaching services to you and you are in need of mental health or substance use treatment services, I will refer you out to another therapist located in your community.  

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Clinical Supervision

 Providing therapy can be exciting, rewarding, challenging, and isolating. Clinical supervision is key to exploring issues related to your client's well-being, your ability to process your own "stuff", and developing interventions to help your clients improve. I am able to provide clinical supervision to Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associates in North Carolina who are seeking full licensure. I tend to use an eclectic or integrative model of supervision (developmental, discrimination, grounded in psychotherapy ) which allows for more flexibility in the supervisory relationship. The ultimate goal of supervision is to help you to increase your level of expertise, competence, and confidence in your developing skill-set. I can provide both individual or group clinical supervision. 


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Call me now at (336) 443-5535 or securely e-mail me at [email protected] to schedule an appointment.

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