Commonly Asked Questions
How long do I have to attend therapy?
It is recommended to be consistent with attendance for the first 4 sessions. The first few sessions are typically designed for evaluation and treatment planning. The length and duration of therapy is specific to each individual's presenting concern and level of severity.
What can I expect the first session?
During the first session we will learn about one and other, creating the foundation for connection. Dr. Lopez will explain her counseling style and present a form explaining the details of therapy. She will review your intake form, ask about presenting concerns and goals for treatment. Depending on your symptoms, an additional questionnaire may be used to obtain further information.
What is faith based counseling?
Faith based counseling is the application of faith with traditional clinical psychotherapy models and practices. For some, this entails integrating Christian values and beliefs to identify the origin of issues and goals for treatment. For those who do not request faith based counseling, Dr. Lopez honors and respects this wish.
What is her treatment approach to counseling?
Dr. Lopez explores clients' early relational experiences (Attachment Theory), assesses beliefs systems (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and demonstrates how attachment and cognitions impact development. When counseling couples she identifies the relational dance (Emotionally Focused Therapy), analyzes barriers hindering growth, and offers resources to strengthen their bond. She works with parents to discover how their upbringing influences parental styles (Family Systems) and provides families skills to improve connection and communication (Psychoeducation).
What is Dr. Lopez's counseling philosophy?
From a Christian perspective, she views challenges as common experiences that are a part of the human condition. As humans we face many trials. Encouragingly we can experience joy, peace and fulfillment regardless of our past and present circumstances! Dr. Lopez adheres to the wellness, developmental, prevention and empowerment philosophies. These views suggest clients have the ability to be productive and succeed. Problems occurring in life stages are natural, given resources and support, clients can learn and independently problem-solve!