I am an experienced clinician providing online therapy for individuals, couples, and groups who are facing challenging situations.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Rockford, IL
You want to explore Gender Affirming Therapy (GAT). You’re ready for the next step, perhaps to understand more deeply what meaning this has for you, individually, what moving along this path will entail - socially, emotionally, cognitively, financially, spiritually, and societally. How this impacts your journey, on your life and how you can best prepare for the reverberations of these decision. I can help you in this process.
Intentionally choosing an alternative lifestyle, consenting partners, and including others in the relationship can be powerful. In therapy the focus is on the issues that you are bringing, not on your lifestyle. While the lifestyle is important in understanding you and the interactions you have, there is no assumption that you or your lifestyle needs to be fixed or made more socially acceptable. I can help you sort out the dynamics in your fluid partnerships, without judgments.
As a Kink Aware Professional (KAP) clinician I have a positive view on alternative lifestyles and sexualities. I understand the various structures and dynamics of power exchange. Also, I am skilled at deciphering between healthy and unhealthy processes and relationships. I understand the differences between vanilla and kink and the importance of consent. I can help you sort through BDSM dynamics.
CBT is demonstrably effective for a wide range of issues. Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. The therapy attempts to change the thinking patterns, which in turn impacts the behavior patterns. The essence of this type of therapy is that by changing the way you think about something ought to change the way you behave about that thing. Studies and research are showing that CBT is a powerful psychodynamic tool.
The clinician utilizes more than one focus, or technique, of therapy. S/he chooses the best possible approach or combination of approached designed to match what the client needs. It is a fluidity of techniques used to best serve the client. To do this well, the clinician needs to be familiar with each technique they engage.
People want to reach their potential and become self-actualized. This therapy style is more about the person doing the therapy than the techniques. Clinicians who practice humanistic therapy generally follow Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow's principle of person-centered therapy. It is a positive approach and focuses on the here and now of a person's life.