As an officer and clinical psychologist in the United States Navy, I provided mental health services to military members and their families. This occurred in a variety of contexts while on active duty and I also previously served at a Vet Center providing outpatient services to veterans of numerous foreign wars. A deep respect exists for the men and women who have served our nation and I consider it an honor to continue working with them, whether active duty or veteran. While I specialize in working with trauma related to military service, I can also assist with other areas of your life, whether emotional or relational issues.
Overview of Counseling
There are numerous reasons an individual or couple may seek treatment, each of which can be discussed on the phone to determine if I am the right person for you.
Counseling Consists of Five Parts
- Out of Counseling
Assessment: Usually, assessment takes one or two sessions. Early in the assessment phase, you may be given some written materials to complete. This will help me understand you or your relationship. In the first session we will talk about your history and life experiences, areas of concern, and goals for treatment.
Sometime during the first few sessions, I will share my recommendations for treatment and we will work to define mutually agreed upon goals for your counseling.
Treatment: Typical sessions are 50 minutes in length, but longer sessions are appropriate as well. Usually, we will meet once per week, but more or less frequently may be discussed also. The length of counseling will be determined by your specific needs and goals. Together, we will consistently evaluate your satisfaction and progress (Feedback Informed Therapy, FIT). Also, I will encourage you to raise any questions or concerns that you have about counseling at any time.
Out of Counseling: I may also give you exercises to practice between sessions. In the later stages of counseling, we may phase out or meet less frequently in order for you to test out new skills and to prepare for the end of counseling.
The End: Although you may terminate counseling whenever you wish, it is most helpful to have at least one session together to summarize progress, define the work that remains, and say good-bye.
Outcome-Evaluation: In the outcome-evaluation phase, we may discuss post-treatment follow-up, (not always considered): after six months, 12 months, 18 months, and two years. These sessions (usually one at each interval) can significantly decrease the chances of relapse into previous, unhelpful patterns. In addition, commitment to providing the best therapy possible requires ongoing evaluation of methods used and client progress. The purpose of these follow-up sessions then will be to fine-tune any of your skills if needed and to evaluate the effectiveness of the counseling received.
Love & Respect Counseling accepts direct payment for services and does not bill insurance companies directly or contract with those companies, although you can request payment from your insurance provider with a receipt or invoice. It is a private pay setting, allowing for flexible, responsive, and attentive counseling.