Psychotherapy is the practice of meeting with a licensed professional trained to help diagnose and treat mental and emotional problems. Therapy can take on various modalities and interventions, and is tailored to each individuals presenting needs. The most fundamental part of therapy is the caring and empathic relationship between a psychotherapist and a client. I utilize the following modalities within treatment, which is catered to each individuals needs and presenting issue(s):
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Meditation and breath work
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
How long is a therapy session?
Sessions are 50 minutes long (i.e., a “therapy hour”), and are typically held once a week. However, some sessions may be scheduled for longer time periods, or with different frequency. Some clients in therapy might prefer and benefit from more intense work, such as back-to-back sessions. In addition, individuals who are experiencing a crisis may benefit from twice-a-week sessions until the client feels they are coping better with the situation.
Do you offer virtual therapy sessions? Do you offer in-person sessions?
In the nature of the times we are living in as result of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, Rachel feels that is is her priority to ensure the safety to current and future clients. Rachel offers both online and in-person therapy sessions. In-person appointments at this time are available on Wednesdays or Friday mornings. To learn more about virtual/online therapy with Rachel, click here Online Therapy in Florida
How many sessions should I expect?
Therapy does not take a set amount of time. The amount of time that an individual or couple spends in therapy depends on the nature of the problem, the severity of the symptoms, and the duration of psychological illness. The length of treatment and success within the therapeutic relationship will be based on your presenting symptoms, your motivation to improve, as well as your specific goals for therapy. We will discuss your treatment needs and set treatment goals including number of sessions as we begin our work together and discuss on an on-going basis.
How does privacy and confidentiality work?
There are many laws and regulations that protect the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist; and laws and regulations regarding the information discussed within sessions. Information about session content and treatment cannot be disclosed without written permission from the client. However, there are some exceptions to these laws. These include the following situations:
Suspected child abuse, dependant adult, or elder abuse, it it mandated by law that a I, as a mandated reporter, report the situation to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim immediately.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself, a I will make every effort to work with the client in discussing a plan to insure personal safety. However, if a client does not cooperate with this plan, by law I as a psychotherapist can take further measures without the clients' permission with the ultimate goal of ensuring safety of the client.
A through discussion on confidentiality and privacy will take place upon your first session.
What is couples therapy?
In couples therapy, the focus of treatment is on the relationship between the two people. The therapist is a neutral person that explores with the couple their presenting relationship difficulties and assists the two people in working on communication and explores alternative ways of coping with stress within and outside of the relationship. The focus is on shifting blame to acceptance and shifting unhealthy communication patterns.
How can I get the most out of therapy?
Most of what happens in therapy depends on your motivation to change and do the "work". Making changes (big and small) is not always easy, so remember to be patient with yourself. The best way to get the most out of therapy is to arrive to your appointments on time; complete any external assignments (ie - homework; prescribed meditations or breathing practices; readings); and be upfront and honest with your therapist.
Unsure if therapy is right for you?
Take the next step and let's discuss your needs! Please contact Rachel to set up a free in-person consultation today.