HOW IT WORKS
The first step is an initial consultation and assessment. This takes from one to three sessions. I then work with clients to determine which interventions will work best to empower them to reach their goals. I help individuals, couples, families and groups identify problems and concerns, develop insight, understanding, and compassion for themselves and others. I want each client to recognize their own strengths and the positive aspects of their lives, while developing new coping skills and discovering new ways to lead a rewarding and satisfying life.
As the therapeutic process moves forward, goals are re-evaluated and changed if necessary and always in collaboration with the client. It is likely that during the therapy process a client will experience emotional responses and reactions that are unfamiliar and potentially intense and difficult to manage. It is important to remember that this is a very important part of the process and that it is my role to provide a safe and nurturing space to help you work through these challenges and increase your ability to cope and thrive.
THERAPIST OBLIGATIONS and OFFICE POLICY
As your therapist, I will practice within the scope of our competencies using skills and techniques acquired through clinical education, supervised experience, peer consultation and continuing education courses. Areas of competence involve an eclectic approach including but not limited to the use of Psychodynamic Theory, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, Short and Long-term Psychotherapy, Insight-Oriented Therapy, Attachment-Based Therapy, Family Systems Theory. I also provide skills training for stress and emotions management, communication and mindfulness relaxation.
I am obligated and committed to protect your privacy always, except in cases of extreme and imminent danger to self or others. Other techniques may be added which have proven efficacy. Please see my Informed Consent under 'Forms' for further details HIPPA and Office Policy details.
I have an ethical responsibility NOT to develop personal friendships with clients or their immediate family members during the course of therapy and for a minimum of two years following the end of treatment. If I find that a potentially confusing, harmful or inappropriate relationship is arising or has arisen, I will take reasonable steps to resolve it with due regard for the best interests of the client and maximal compliance with the Ethics Code.
As a clinical psychotherapist, I provide counseling to individuals, groups, and couples in the D.C. metro area by helping them work through various life challenges.
The following provides you with information about my practice, experience and educational backgrounds, our philosophy, and the therapeutic methods we employ. Here also are my office policies and procedures and your rights and responsibilities:
Our philosophy at Crane Counseling is that everyone is capable of having a more fulfilling life. I will work with you to help you learn to better manage your negative emotions such as worry, fear, grief, sadness or excessive anger. I can help you improve your communication with others, as well as the quality of your relationships for a more satisfying, contented life. I offer a non-judgmental, safe space to explore your inner and outer worlds. I am a deeply-trained, warm and supportive therapist who looks to provide a collaborative and empowering therapeutic experience. My therapeutic approach is client-focused. Therapeutic goals are driven by the client’s needs.