How does this process work?
The process of finding therapeutic help and healing can be daunting for families and individuals who struggle with mental health issues and chemical or process addictions is resolved when working with a professional who knows the treatment industry and clinical diagnostics. People often call me with a sense of skepticism and defeat. They wonder if they will ever get the help they need. That’s where I come in; as your consultant, offering options and guiding you through the benefits and differentiations. Our process is outlined by these three steps:
In an assessment, my goal is to identify the right fit for health and healing. That may be a referral to a local therapist or a collaborative therapy group, and may include individual, group, and/or family therapy. Another option might be an individualized intensive treatment by a vetted therapist, or a short-term intensive that reoccurs regularly in different locations throughout the country.
Together we will discuss:
1. What is the presenting problem? This question lets me know why you are calling today. Perhaps the frustration of unresolved issues, the exacerbation of symptoms, the elevation of presenting psychological or addiction issues, or the chaos of life stressors have become unmanageable.
2. At what point in your life did these issues begin? Without beginning therapy on the phone, we identify childhood or adult experiences that may have seemed unrelated, that caused attachment wounds or trauma. Often psychological issues or addictive thinking and behavior show up as a response to life stressors; they may be protective or self-medicating strategies of survival. The person is in pain and the type of treatment I recommend will address these underlying issues and narrow the treatment options.
3. I ask questions about logistics. Having a conversation like this can truly be the first step of healing because the individual or family member is admitting to and recognizing the efforts they have expended to cope with the yet-unresolved issues. Additionally, the empathic professional witnessing and affirming that admission often serves as a catalyst to hope and change.