First and foremost, I believe in building a strong relationship with your therapist. Without a comfort level between you and your therapist, good work cannot be done.
Each individual I see is different; while they may experience similar emotions and/or circumstances, one size does not fit all! My approach to therapy takes into consideration the whole person and what we, together, feel would be the most beneficial.
I take skills from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-Based therapy, stress reduction techniques, Solution-Focused psychotherapy, and Family Systems Theory, and apply them with clients where I see fit. Each person responds to an approach differently; what may work for one, may not work for another.
I like to gain a picture of you as a whole. I want to know about your family history, if you have any previous experience with therapy or no experience at all, your idea of what therapy can do for you, any goals you may have, and what you are currently experiencing in your life: your emotional/mental health, physical health, and stressors/concerns.
Developing positive and attainable goals at the beginning of therapy can be very helpful in identifying progress. Sometimes you are the last person to see your own progress. Realizing you've reached a goal can be a way for you to acknowledge your progress!