Therapy with Kamille
From your perspective, what is therapy?
Therapy is an opportunity to discover yourself and explore your thoughts, ideas and feelings in a safe and non-judgmental way.
Please share 2-3 anonymized examples of how the work can play out and/or look in the room
Client A comes in weekly, and we discuss various things such as her work stress and relationship concerns. It’s very much a collaborative experience and conversation. Intertwined, she discusses other aspects of her life such as family and thinking more long-term about what she wants in her life.
Client B comes in weekly and the focus is a bit more structured, where I teach specific skills to manage some of her anxiety symptoms, as well as combined with the more conversational approach as mentioned above. Client comes back in and we discuss what is working versus what isn’t and how we can tweak things. We practice skills in the moment to make sure she feels confident and that it’s relevant to her needs.
Are there any philosophies or values that inform your work that I should know about?
I really value the alliance between therapist and client. I think that clients have to feel connected to their therapist, so I work hard to help clients feel that they’re getting something out of therapy. I also work from a philosophy of self-determination where I believe people have the power to change their life.
How much do you share about yourself during our time together and why?
During our time together, I do share about myself if it’s relevant to the conversation we are having and I think it will help us progress toward your treatment goals.
How participatory are you during sessions?
Very! I like to have the conversation flow.
Do you assign homework, activities, or readings for me to do between sessions? Why or why not?
It depends on your therapy goals, but there might be times when I ask you to do activities or homework between sessions if it might be helpful.
How will our relationship be different than relationships I have with friends/loved ones?
Our relationship will be a balance of warmth, direct communication, challenge and safety. Loved ones tend to give advice, while our relationship will be more of guiding your explorations of thoughts, feelings and behaviors to gain insight.
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?
Oftentimes there’s a natural feeling of “not having anything to talk about” or feeling of having sustained change and in that event, we would go over what progress both you and I think you’ve made and if there’s anything left to explore.
Where did you work before going into private practice?
I still work at a non-profit agency during the day time; I’ve been in non-profit work as a family therapist and now program director since 2013. I started my private practice at the end of 2017.
Have you received any particular training beyond your post-Bachelor’s training?
I’ve received training in family therapy and CBT therapy.
What led you to become a mental healthcare practitioner?
My whole life, I’ve always been “the listener” and naturally thought of myself in a supportive role. My interest in mental health and learning how to effectively provide therapy led me to becoming a practitioner.
What is the best part of the work for you?
Seeing clients find the value in therapy and trusting in the process. Oftentimes I’ve seen clients feel successful over time and be glad they started.
What is unique about the work you do, or how have you found your work to be different than your colleagues’?
I think what’s unique is my humanistic, collaborative approach, mixed in with real-life application of skills as needed. I do tend to add in humor and transparency.
How do you approach diversity in the room or working with clients who may come from a different background than you?
I work hard to understand how culture, family history, and background has influenced my clients. Nothing is more powerful than you being the expert of your life.
How can you tell if I am benefiting from working with you?
I can tell when clients recall things we’ve discussed from previous sessions that they found helpful. I can also tell when the energy in the rooms begins to feel different, or when clients are more confident in what they are doing or feeling.
How can you tell if I am feeling stuck, unseen, or unheard?
I try to do temperature checks often, I ask if what we are discussing is helpful. Sometimes I’ll notice that someone will agree, but their body language doesn’t match.
How long should I commit to being in therapy, at least in the beginning?
In the beginning, I say at least weekly for 2-3 months to really try to get into a rhythm and routine. Therapy is a process and change typically takes time.
How should I prepare for my first session with you?
Come prepared with any questions; have a general idea of what you’d like support with or would like to work on.