To me a first session is the most important session in the relationship between a client and a therapist. This is the avenue where the initial seed is planted once compatibility is established. This is also where the stage is set for optimal benefits working collaboratively. This is an opportunity to set the parameters using evidence-based strategies. This is finally where the foundation for the relationship is determined.
Personally, it is easy to determine whether or not you are making progress in therapy. If you can set a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) goals in therapy, it is much more easy to determine successful outcomes. According to Bill Copeland, not having SMART goals is like running up and down the soccer field without an opportunity to score.
I believe it is important that clients know that failure has no place in my life. This believe comes alive as I work with every client. Starting off negatively in life (not having appropriate role models. In other words, not knowing many successful people I can actually relate with), could have been a hinderance if failure was an option in my life. I believe you can level the playing field even though you started with some deficits.
Adolescent mental health
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT, Suicide Prevention, Exposure Therapy
WI, LPC, 5157-125
Master of Science degree, Counseling Major, Indiana University
Throughout my career, I have continued to work with children, adolescents and adults. I have inpatient, outpatient and telehealth experiences. My specialization areas include ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Grief and Loss, Parenting Challenges, Relationship Related Issues, Self Esteem, Stress and Trauma. I partner with my clients to have difficult conversations by communicating effectively - we form meaningful relationships this way. I frown when advice is given during therapy interactions. I strongly believe clients are capable of drawing conclusions they can be proud of given the skills they need.
Remote Therapist, Kenosha, 53142, WI