The Relationship Expert
Licensed Psychologist in Arroyo Grande & Los Osos
Approach to Psychotherapy
All kinds of images come to people’s minds when they think of psychotherapy. One image is that of a patient reclining on a couch talking about his dreams. Behind him sits a bespectacled and bearded psychologist writing notes on a notepad. As the psychologist scribbles away, he occasionally says things like, “How did that make you feel?” and, “Tell me about your mother.”
There are several different approaches a psychologist can take to help their clients live happy and fulfilling lives. Some approaches, like the example of the psychologist above, require the therapist to be more removed from the client for proper analysis.
My approach to psychotherapy is called Interpersonal Process. In this approach, the psychologist is not perceived as being removed. In fact, in order for therapy to work, it is critical to build a strong working alliance with the client. In other words, the two of us form a team. The therapeutic relationship we build together allows for collaboration and exploration which help to foster change.
If you’re interested in the nitty-gritty, Interpersonal Process acts as a bridge, bringing together elements I believe are necessary for therapy to work. With this approach, my framework allows me to engage in cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic methods, and family systems.
Dr. Lisa’s Approach in Session
So what does it mean for our time together? When we meet, I am going to connect with you, where ever you are at. I want you to feel safe and accepted—not judged. The therapy doesn’t work otherwise.
No matter what, you and I work together. In a sense, we’re teammates. I’ll never force anything on you. Many of the life-changing conclusions you’ll have will be your own. To tip my hand, I’ll use my training and experience to build a strategy that guides you to these places of growth. But the only way you can enjoy lasting change is if you fully believe in a new way of thinking that is going to take you there.
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