"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue on that counts." - Winston Churchill
Therapy is a relationship, and just like any relationship, requires effort from all parties to work effectively. Therapists cannot solve problems for their clients, but they can aide clients in solving their problems themselves. I predominantly practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) because it is scientifically proven to be effective, involves a greater involvement on the client's part, and is present oriented (with some sessions dedicated to how past events effect clients today.) It is also a model that is brief in nature. Client's usually report feeling better within just a few sessions.
I am well versed in other therapeutic models as well such as Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Behavioral Interventions, Person Centered Therapy (PCT), Narrative Models, Family Systems, etc. I have begun to use psychosomatic techniques as well such as Emotional Freedom Techniques and Tapping to good effect. I also recently completed a certification in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, a technique proven to be effective in dealing with the more difficult to treat personality disorders.
The initial session typically will involve a lot of enrollment paperwork including an informed consent and practice policy review, a confidentiality agreement, billing/insurance paperwork, and the joint development of a customized treatment plan. The follow up sessions will be a week to week review of the prior session, homework completion, and a summary of progress made on your treatment plan goals. When the client and therapist mutually agree, sessions will scale back to every other week until eventual complete discharge occurs with the hope that in therapy, the necessary coping skills were developed to cope better with life stressors.
Derik S. Berkebile, LCSW Outpatient Counseling Services 1360 Eisenhower Blvd, Suite 400 Johnstown, PA 15904 Phone: 814-254-4588 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org