Mental Health

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How does therapy work?

Both individual psychotherapy and couples therapy give you the opportunity to transform your life by looking at how you are living, thinking, and interacting; and then bringing your behavior in line with your highest aspirations for yourself.

How do I know if I need counseling?

If you are struggling in your life or in your relationship, you could likely benefit from individual or couples therapy. People who come to see me often are tired of going around in circles, sometimes don’t respect how they are living their lives, and want to find solutions for truly getting unstuck.

How frequently do you work with clients?

I usually work with individuals once or twice per week, depending on the specifics of their lives and the issues they are working on. I usually work with couples once a week at first, and then biweekly as they move toward a better relationship.

Where is your office located?

My office is located at 3709-22nd Place, Lubbock, Texas in the medical district.

What happens in a therapy session?

Therapy sessions will begin by going over how successful you were since the previous session in hitting your targets and what difficulties you had. We will then set an agenda, so we can efficiently use our time. We will be sure to take stock of why things went well, so it is clear how to ensure things can continue to go well. We will also utilize interventions to eliminate the existing problems by carefully analyzing them, and develop existing or new skills in order to better manage them in the coming week.

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Emotional problems, such as anger, anxiety, embarrassment, depression, and shame can be targeted. Therapy can help to reduce how often you experience these feelings and how intense they are. As you learn to change your feelings you will become more confident as you feel a sense of control.

Therapy sessions will begin by going over how successful you were since the previous session in hitting your targets and what difficulties you had. We will then set an agenda, so we can efficiently use our time. We will be sure to take stock of why things went well, so it is clear how to ensure things can continue to go well.

Individual therapy sessions last 45 minutes. Although there is a clear agenda and structure, there is still time to explore what is necessary to be sure that the client is really understood. Given the nature of emotional and behavioral problems, it is critical that the work doesn’t stop after 45 minutes.

Anything can be discussed in therapy. There is great flexibility about topics and existential questions can be the main focus for a particular client. With that said, we will be goal focused. If the goal is to come to a greater understanding or acceptance of existential issues, then we will spend the appropriate time on that.

I am a clinical psychologist and I practice forms of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and behavioral therapy. These kinds of therapy include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Traditional Behavior Therapy, etc.