What to Expect
Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of the psychologist and the patient and the school of practice/personality theory to which the therapist subscribes. Years of experience have led me to utilize a combination of cognitive-behavioral and Rogerian therapy in my clinical practice, but I subscribe to neither as a personality theory. My understanding of the psyche and human behavior is based on a theology of the person derived from the Bible, with the adjunct of scientific psychology. The techniques I use in clinical practice are supported by research and chosen based on evaluation of your specific needs.
Much more so than a medical doctor visit, psychotherapy calls for a very active effort on your part. In order for therapy to be successful, you will have to work on things we talk about both during and after each session, by yourself and often with others. My practice emphasizes homework, peer-support, discipleship, and sometimes sessions in your world.
Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. On the other hand, psychotherapy has also been shown to have benefits for people who go through it. Therapy typically leads to improved functioning in relationships, solutions to specific problems, a significant reductions in feelings of anxiety, an improved and more stable mood, improved resilience and greater competence. Having said that, no psychotherapist can offer any guarantees of what you will experience, and neither do I.
We begin treatment with a consult, typically by phone, to get to know each other. It is free of charge and is designed to help you and me determine if we are a good fit. If one or both of us decide that we are not a good fit, there are plenty of other competent therapists to whom I can refer you. I do not discriminate for any reason. If I decide not to accept you as a client, it is typically because either there is too close an association, which could compromise confidentiality, or there is another therapist I know who can better address your psychological needs.
Therapy involves a large commitment of time, money, and energy, so you should be very careful about the therapist you select. If you have questions about my methods or procedures, we will discuss them. If your doubts persist, I will be happy to help you set up a meeting with another mental health professional with whom you might feel more comfortable.
If we decide to move forward, I will give you an assessment to complete, and our first session will be an hour and a half evaluation session. During the next session, we will co-develop a treatment plan.
SESSIONS -- Standard therapy sessions are fifty minutes. Once an appointment hour is scheduled, you will be expected to pay for it unless you provide two days advance notice of cancellation.
TERMINATION OF TREATMENT -- Aborting treatment prior to completion can be harmful. For this reason, I do not abruptly terminate services if I believe it may cause harm. I may terminate treatment for lack of payment, for lack of progress in treatment, or for abuse of or threats toward me. However, if termination is warranted, you will be given a session to plan your discharge from treatment with (an) appropriate referral(s) and a recovery plan.
If you are experiencing severe and persistent depression, anxiety that you just can't overcome, or are having hallucinations, DeVine, LPC can help. If you are suicidal, call 911. Would God have you give up? Is His arm too short to help? He is willing and able to help, and DeVine, LPC is willing and able to help you cope with hallucinations, overcome anxiety and improve your mood. These are our areas of expertise. Call us for a free consultation that is safe and confidential. (Unless, as I stated above, you are having suicidal or homicidal thoughts. Do get immediate help by calling 911 or the Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255 or text 741-741 .
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