Therapy with Jamie
What does working with you look like in the room?
While in the room with me, I will take a backseat role, helping you feel in total control of our time spent together. I open up space for you to initially express anything that may be at the forefront of your mind, and I will help to delve deeper into your views by asking targeting questions. I create a warm atmosphere, and though sometimes it may be hard for oneself to express their thoughts/feelings, I am able to reroute the session so there is never a time of doubt. Sometimes, while discussing a past experience, I may ask you to lay down flat in order to fully be able to connect and allow the mind and body to be at ease.
2. How participatory are you during sessions?
I tailor each session to your individual needs and adjust how participatory I am accordingly as these needs become clearer. While in sessions with me, you are able to be the one in control and are free to start talking about and expressing anything that occurred that week. I allow you to open up about what is currently on your mind. Together, we are then able to discuss the situations.
3. Is there ever a time when you would encourage a client to leave or graduate therapy? How might someone know when it’s time to end or move on, or time to stay and explore more?
I will always be honest and act in the best interest of you, the client. If I feel that I’m no longer able to assist you, I will work together with you towards a new solution. I’m very open-minded and create a safe environment to have open conversations about the progression of therapy and what future/next steps should be.
4. How can you tell if someone is feeling stuck, unseen, or unheard?
Through body language and cues, I’m able to feel out the vibe in the room. I will never push you to share anything you may not be ready to. I will often prompt or guide you to realizations while allowing you to move at your own pace. If I am not able to follow along, I’ll often ask for clarification in order to make sure that I understand appropriately without interpreting what one may be saying.
5. Do you assign homework, activities, or readings for someone to do between sessions? Why or why not?
Sometimes I will give you exercises to practice coping skills or initiate conversations outside of the office that will help you to resolve issues. The reason for this is because the outcome of what worked or did not work is helpful for the ongoing therapy sessions.
6. Do you work best with any type of obstacle or person in particular? How have you found your work to be different than your colleagues’?
I especially enjoy working with youth and young professionals to manage distress, reduce anxiety and help modify destructive and unwanted thoughts. I’m able to help clients identify their problem areas and assist them with self-discovery to improve their sense of self and foster independence and self-efficacy.
7. How do you approach diversity in the room or working with clients who may come from a different background than you?
I encourage you to paint the picture. I am empathetic and never assume. Instead, I diligently listen and aim to see situations from your perspective. I will ask questions for clarification in order to understand a situation correctly.
8. How long should someone commit to going to therapy, particularly in the beginning?
The time needed for each client is unique, because everyone I meet with has their own story and needs. I will hold an initial session with you, and together we will create a plan from that point on. If you are able to meet more often, and feel it will be beneficial, we will take that plan of action.
9. How should someone prepare for their first session with you?
The only thing I ask for you to do prior to your first session is to have a clear outlook. I do not want you to come in being afraid of anything. We are here to work together, and my one and only priority is you!
10. Do any values or philosophies inform your work?
I take a collaborative approach to assisting clients through self-identification of issues. I approach each client interaction with the goal to improve overall functioning and help the client achieve their goals and to improve their sense of wellbeing.