Therapy with Kacie
From your perspective, what is therapy?
Therapy is a collaborative creative process where we work together to find solutions to problems and find ways to live our best life.
Are there any philosophies or values that inform your work that I should know about?
I pull from a variety of different philosophies in my work and feel as though it’s important to have a broad spectrum of tools and perspectives to incorporate with each new person. I rely heavily on the Social Work Code of Ethics, which places an importance on social justice, human relationships and integrity.
3. How much do you share about yourself during our time together and why?
During our time together, I do not share too much information about myself. While I may disclose small details, such as an enjoyable hobby or the area in which I grew up, research currently suggests that a therapist’s self disclosure is normally not helpful when it continues throughout most of the session.
4. How participatory are you during sessions?
The level of participation I use during sessions varies from person to person. I find it incredibly important to listen to an individual's story, struggles and concerns without interruption, and I will only interject when it seems necessary. However, if a client is interested in more or less participation than I am giving, I am always happy to make that adjustment!
5. Do you assign homework, activities, or readings for me to do between sessions? Why or why not?
While I find that homework and activities are not only useful, but help to keep focus on healing throughout the time in between meeting, I recognize that activities can often turn someone away from therapy. With this knowledge, I work with my clients to see what they prefer and work from there.
6. How will our relationship be different than relationships I have with friends/loved ones?
Our relationship will have some similarities to other relationships in your life as well as many differences. The biggest difference will be the amount of information you know about me. With friends and loved ones, throughout a conversation you may go back and forth in conversation or often hear advice that stems from “when I went through this I did…” However, in therapy, the information I give will be less from personal experience and more from research and professional experience. Despite this, I will strive to help develop our relationship to have the same level of trust, respect and genuine caring that one may have with friends and loved ones.
7. Is there ever a time when you would encourage me to leave or graduate? Or how do I know when it’s time to end or move on, or time to stay and explore more?
If a client felt as though it was time to leave or graduate from therapy, I would love to open that discussion during one of our sessions and work on a transition at that point. Additionally, if it is time to move on to a different therapist, I am happy to help with finding a referral. At my practice, I advise that dropping down to less sessions, such as bi-weekly, is more effective for reaching the overall goals of maintaining positive mental health and well-being.
8. Where did you work before going into private practice?
Beyond my Master’s degree in Social Work I have also received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
9. Do you have experience (5-10 years+) working with any types of obstacles or people in particular?
I have three years of experience working with adults of all ages who have struggled with substance abuse, anxiety, mental health and domestic violence.
10. What led you to become a mental healthcare practitioner?
Throughout my early adulthood I became passionate about physical health. While participating in my journey to become a Physical Therapist, I realized how important the mental health aspect was in overall wellbeing and general health. Through this journey, I noticed that physical health without mental health was ultimately useless. Therefore, I transitioned into becoming a mental healthcare practitioner.
11. What is the best part of the work for you?
For me, the best part of the work has been meeting many individuals of different backgrounds, cultures and upbringings. I feel as though it is a true blessing when someone allows you to know their most intimate secrets and that I learn much more from my clients than in any other area of life.
12. What is unique about the work you do, or how have you found your work to be different than your colleagues’?
I strive to ensure that in my work with clients empathy is the first and foremost critical piece of my therapeutic setting. I believe that the relationship between a client and a therapeutic professional is valuable and must be honored.
13. How do you approach diversity in the room or working with clients who may come from a different background than you?
I am always working to educate myself about different backgrounds and experiences of being in the world. Rather than assuming that I know best, or telling people what to do, I listen with my whole self to a person’s individual experience and let the process emerge from that.
14. How can you tell if I am benefiting from working with you?
There are two assessments that I use to help determine whether or not our sessions are effective and if you are benefiting from our time together. It is incredibly important to me that progress is being made throughout our sessions. I re-do these assessments every three months, and while they are not an exact-science, if I do not see a downward trend in your symptoms reflected in these assessments, we would work together to change our approach.
In the first two weeks of therapy, severe symptoms should begin to decrease and you should feel some immediate relief from depression and anxiety.
15. How can you tell if I am feeling stuck, unseen, or unheard?
I pay close attention to body language and tone to assess whether or not someone may be feeling stuck, unseen or unheard. Since my goal is developing a trusting and open relationship, I strive to develop a relationship in which you would feel comfortable disclosing that you are feeling stuck, unseen or unheard.
16. How long should I commit to being in therapy, at least in the beginning?
After the first session to see if my way of working resonates with you, I recommend committing to at least 8-12 sessions before reassessing whether or not you’d like to continue.
17. How should I prepare for my first session with you?
In the beginning, a weekly commitment for at least six months is appropriate
18. Do I need to bring anything with me?
You do not need to bring anything with you to our first session, not even payment, since that is done electronically. Before our first session you will complete a few online forms that take around 10 minutes. These forms will be electronically submitted to me so that when we meet we can get started right away on our work together.