Commonly Asked Questions
How long do I have to attend therapy?
In the beginning of treatment it is recommended to be consistent with attendance for the first 4 sessions. As 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 you and Dr. Lopez will learn about one and other, which is essential for a therapeutic connection. She encourages you to share your perceptions and expectations of therapy and will explain her counseling style and present a form explaining the details of therapy. Dr. Lopez will review your intake form and ask you about presenting concerns and goals for treatment. Depending on your symptoms, she may utilize a questionnaire to obtain further information. The information gathered provides an understanding for both you and Dr. Lopez, creating the foundation for collaborative work.
What is faith based counseling?
Faith based counseling is the application of Biblical principals 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 (attachment) experiences, examines thought patterns about self and others. She demonstrates how attachment impacts development, this process helps clients' learn how behaviors and thoughts are cultivated (Attachment theory). When counseling couples she identifies the relational dance (Emotionally Focused Therapy), analyzes barriers in the relationship, and introduces ways to work through differences to strengthen the bond. She works with parents and caregivers to examine their parental upbringing to learn how their experiences influence parental styles (Family Systems). She shares about the essential needs of children and offers skills to improve connection and communication (Psychoeducation). She utilizes other approaches to meet specific needs such as Faith-based and multicultural interventions. These methods navigate clients to foster awareness and can promote transformation in thinking and behaviors.
What is Dr. Lopez's counseling philosophy?
From a Christian perspective, she views most problems as common experiences and a part of the human condition. As humans we encounter many trials, have difficulty in our intimate relationships, feel painful emotions, and seek fulfillment in other avenues leading to emptiness. Encouragingly we have the capability to heal, grow, and experience peace! She adheres to the wellness, developmental, prevention and empowerment philosophies. These views suggests 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!