Prior Experiences in Therapy
Approach - Prior Experiences
If you've tried therapy before and did not feel helped or relieved of your distress, there are many possibilities as to why this happened. It is important for you to feel that you connect with your therapist. It is important that you co-create your goals for therapy and understand how your therapist plans to help you achieve them. You should feel free to tell your therapist if something is not working for you and to voice your concerns and questions if therapy is not helping as you expected. At the same time, your commitment to the process of therapy as an active participant is vital in maximizing your progress. I will partner with you every step of the way, including giving you feedback when I think that you are limiting your own ability to progress in therapy. I will also let you know if I feel that therapy with me is not likely to be helpful, in which case I would consider referrals to another provider or modality that would better meet your needs. Please feel free to contact me at 925-236-0826 for an initial complimentary 20-minute consultation. If we decide to work together, we will review your prior experiences in therapy. We'll discuss how to use what you learned from what didn't work for you in order to maximize the chances for a productive experience in your current therapy.
If you experienced sexual contact with a prior therapist, you should know that such contact is always illegal and unethical on the part of the therapist. If you report this type of relationship to me, I will provide you with information regarding your rights and options for reporting the situation. See my Resources section for a link to an informational booklet published by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.