Typical Session Format
I often begin each meeting by asking you to review how things have gone since the last time we met and whether you were able to complete your own-work assignments from the previous session; and if so -what you learned from them, and if not-what did you learn about the process. We will also review your progress on a self-report measure(s) given to you and/or on a 1-10 Subjective Units of Distress Scale (SUDS). We will work together to set an agenda for the session. Typically, the therapy session focuses on current, concrete, and specific problems with which you would like some help with. We will work actively to discover some new perspectives and to teach some skills and tools to help you address these problems,
Some of the strategies I may use in addition to other methods include:
Discovering how often times a Belief we hold will drive our focus or attention. Our focus often drives a behavior and then a vicious cycle is formed. We will work to identify your beliefs and their consequences.
Helping you to identify any emotionally driven behaviors and thoughts.
Discovering skills to respond differently to situations that you cannot change.
Guiding you to evaluate both the emotional and cognitive pros and cons in order to make a decision. We pay strict attention to dimensions such as your values, purpose, as well as certainty of the pros or cons happening.
Working with you in order to identify and address obstacles that get in the way of doing things that may be in your best interest to do.
Role-playing different ways of handling a troublesome situation.
Collaboratively develop own-work assignments to test out some of the material discussed in the session.