This is the most important factor in therapy hands down, and research supports it. Although I may have backgrounds with several empirically supported models when all is said and done therapeutic relationship carries the most weight.
Here are some things to consider:
- Can I be honest with this person?
- Do I feel safe opening up about personal issues with him?
- Do I feel like this therapist gets me and understands where I’m coming from?
And the most important
- Do I like this person?
You deserve a therapist that you like and trust.
It depends on your goals. I want you to be satisfied that you can stand on your own and handle life’s problems in a confident and healthy way. This is something that I like to evaluate throughout the therapy process. I won’t leave you hanging, but I won’t keep you around forever either.
Your friends will likely not develop a treatment plan for you, that just might be weird. Having the educational background I will know a variety of different ways to help and support you. Having a support network of people that will listen to you is crucial, but it is not really a substitute for talking to someone who is a licensed therapist helping you with your issues. Often friends will tell you what you want to hear or voice an opinion whereas I will ask you what you want out of the situation and help you see different options you have to achieve what you want. Also, I’m willing to play devil’s advocate.
I am taking Cigna, Silver Summit (Medicaid), Medicaid FFS, United Health Care, TRICARE, Culinary, MGM. If I do not take your insurance there is an option of me providing a Superbill, which you can take to your insurance company and try to get reimbursed for the sessions you have attended.
I know it can be difficult making the first phone call and coming into therapy. I want to reassure you that I am easy to talk to. I’m not the type of person or therapist that takes notes the whole time and occasionally asks ‘how does that make you feel,’ that’s just not my style. Obviously I do care about your feelings and I do listen and validate your feelings, but I am more engaged in your therapy process, and I do work with you to help you with your goals. I am not just a sounding board or someone you talk to, I am here to help you with your goals. The first session will be trying to get to know you, your situation, your goals, what you want to have happened in the therapy process, and what has and hasn’t worked for you in the past.
To get started, we will first schedule a consultation with Rebekah Walker, who will discuss your goals for neurofeedback. If you are a good candidate, a QEEG can be scheduled to see what is going on inside the brain. After this, you will meet with Preston Walker LMFT, who will review the findings of the EEG and recommendations based on your QEEG and your goals.