Components of Adult Therapy

Pre-Treatment: Individual adult therapy starts with two to four pre-treatment sessions.  These sessions involve an initial assessment to determine the course of treatment. For the intake process, the therapist serves as a consultant to provide diagnostic information, to help the client understand what type of treatment they want, and to give recommendations for treatment. In addition, developing a strong and trusting client-therapist relationship is crucial to successful therapy.


Measurement: Emotions and behaviors are tracked between sessions and reviewed in session to measure progress, to identify behavior patterns, to recognize successes and continued problem areas.


Validation:  Understanding your feelings, thoughts and concerns is key to therapy.  A warm, respectful, empathic relationship is the foundation upon which we are able to do tremendous work together.

Agenda, Goal Setting, and Commitment: We monitor the goals you set for yourself. We will set the agenda for each session based on our agreement of the most urgent work.  When it’s difficult to work toward goals, we problem solve, consider new skills, and reassess what direction you want to take your life.

Skills:  Powerful, evidence-based techniques will help you change the negative thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that rob you of joy, productivity, and fulfilling relationships.

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Practice: You will work between sessions to apply the skills to your daily life through homework assignments.