What is short-term therapy?
Short-term therapy is an option for those interested in addressing a specific problem area with a more structured and focused approach. Such issues might include adjustment, a romantic break up, divorce, death of a loved one, loss of job, performance anxiety, body image issues, and so on. Each session would likely involve a mutually agreed upon directive, exploring the different facets of the identified problem area. At the onset of treatment, a time frame for our work together is also agreed upon (typically, anywhere between an 12-16 week commitment).
How is this different than other short-term therapy options?
Short-term therapy, in this case, is not a behavioral modification approach, nor is it about quickly “getting results.” It is about about finding ways to act with informed intention towards a harmonious and loving acceptance of self. Paradoxically, once you figure out how to slow down and pay attention to what’s going on inside you, you’ll be surprised at how fast everything else falls in to place outside of you!
What would be the procedure for short-term therapy?
Whether you are interested in short-term or ongoing treatment, we will always start the same way:
- A free 30 minute phone consultation to briefly discuss your concerns and to ask any questions you might have.
- If we find it’s a good match, we will meet in person for a 60 minute session, and I will conduct an in-depth history and assessment of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual factors impacting your decision to seek help. (This may involve taking minimal paper work home to complete on your own time.)
- For the next session or two, we will review your assessment and develop a mutually agreed upon treatment plan. At this point, we would determine if you would like to start with short-term treatment (typically, anywhere between an 12-16 week commitment), or are ready to commit to an ongoing-process.
What would we do in a short-term therapy session?
While every individual’s treatment plan will be unique to that person, I do have a number of existing directives and protocols specific to certain problem areas, such as sexual trauma, attachment disturbances, addiction issues, and complicated grief. In the treatment planning process, we may review a few of these together and discuss which ones resonate with you. I find this helps keep clients motivated for the duration of their treatment.
Potential treatment directives may include but would not be limited to:
- Art making with a focus on process
- Movement or bodily activation such as focusing on breath or “embodying” your artwork
- Guided visualization exercises
- Personalized spiritual practices
- Writing exercises and keeping a journal