Because you will be putting a good deal of time, money, and energy into therapy, you should choose a therapist carefully. I strongly believe you should feel comfortable with the therapist you choose. Studies show that the relationship between the client and therapist is an important predictor of outcomes in therapy. Therefore, it is important that you find a therapist that you feel is supportive, non-judgmental, and understanding. Also, it is perfectly acceptable to “shop around” before settling on a therapist to work with on a more long-term basis.
My theoretical approach is based on the premise that all of us are capable of change. In fact, there can be no growth without change. Sometimes change can be challenging. For change to be a positive force there must first be an increase of awareness of the need for change, the capacity for change, and the resources necessary for change.
Sometimes, however, "change" itself may not be the goal of treatment. An example of this would be if your struggle more involves something you are trying to “cope” with, In this case, it is ‘acceptance” that is desired. Therapy, therefore, may also be focused on something you cannot change, but must accept. Frequently, therapy involves a bit of both; change and coping. A central goal in my therapy is leading you to discern what needs to be changed, how to best go about it for you, and simultaneously assess that which needs to be accepted.