I use a collaborative approach in therapy viewing our roles as partners in the change process. My initial goal is to make a person comfortable and safe to build trust as this is vital in allowing the change process to begin. The first session involves getting a patient's history, why they are seeking counseling and setting goals. During the intake process the patient is also making sure that the therapist's style is compatible with their needs. I am most comfortable with an informal style as I find it more conducive in creating a comfortable experience for my patients and myself.
Cheryl Bowie, LCSW is a counseling provider who practices in Southlake, TX. She is 66 years old.