A common misconception about marriage and family therapists like myself is that we only work with couples and families. In fact, the lens with which we see the world makes us a good fit for those populations, but it’s a great framework for individuals, too.
Essentially, where many therapists look internally at clients and ask “what’s wrong with you,” I look at the broader context of your life and ask “what happened to you?”
I’m trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which helps you tackle unhelpful behaviors and challenging emotions. It’s evidence-based and widely accepted. It’s also very empowering, because you’re taught exactly why these interventions work, making you the expert in your healing.
So, what problems can I help you solve with this unique framework for individual therapy?
I’m a great fit for you if you’re:
- going through a scary life adjustment like a breakup, job loss, or a big move
- feeling intimidated by a positive life change like getting married or bringing baby home
- struggling with the current state of the world– COVID-19, discrimination, loss of rights, and more.
I am fully licensed to diagnose mental health concerns, and often do in situations where it’s required by insurance or may help a client understand their symptoms.
Typically though, I find diagnosis less important than some therapists, because it can have the effect of making a person feel boxed-in. Ex: “I can’t do XYZ because I’m depressed,” or “I can’t control that because of my bipolar.”
Our ultimate goal at Prologue is to be out of work. We want you to heal and not need us anymore. However, unless you’re doing Discernment or Premarital counseling, a specific amount of time can’t be defined. It depends on so many factors, like the effort you put in outside of session, the complexity of the issue, and much more.
Generally, the therapy process at Prologue flows through these four phases, adapted from The Gottman Method:
Assessment– gathering information about you/your relationship. Assessment continues through the following phases as well.
Treatment– using the assessment information to set and achieve goals
Phasing Out– decreasing the frequency of sessions to create opportunity for practice
Termination– one or two sessions to look back on what you have accomplished and make a plan to keep it up independently