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. 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 (attachment) experiences, examines beliefs about self and others, and demonstrates how attachment impacts development, This process helps clients' learn how some behaviors and thoughts are developed (Attachment theory). When counseling couples she identifies their relational dance (Emotionally Focused Therapy), analyzes barriers and introduces ways to work through differences. 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 counseling and multicultural interventions. These methods navigate clients to enhance awareness and 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, and seek fulfillment to meet unsatisfied needs from other avenues often leading to emptiness. Encouragingly we can experience contentment and peace! Dr. Lopez 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!