Over the last 20 years, as researchers have studied what helps people accomplish their goals in therapy, they have found that the quality of the relationship with the therapist is twice as important as the kind of skills, advice, and solutions that the therapist provides. What the client brings to the table in terms of willingness to grow and change, determination, supportive outside relationships, and skills is even more important than what the therapist brings (see graph to the right).
Because I want your therapy to be as successful as possible, my primary focus will be on building a trusting, supportive relationship with you. I will ask you about the kinds of skills and support systems you already have working for you and we will collaborate to build strong resources outside of our sessions that can support your growth process during and after therapy.
I strive to keep up-to-date on the research about therapeutic approaches and techniques that have been most successful with the particular concerns you bring, and that fit well with the kind of person you are. We will go as fast or as slow as you would like.
In my work with you, I will draw on the following approaches to therapy, tailoring them to fit your needs within a specific, consistent treatment plan: Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Person Centered, Existential, Psychodynamic, Solution-Focused, Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT), and Dialectic Behavioral (DBT).
Primarily, I will strive to facilitate your own process of discovery and your ideas about solutions that will work for change. I will certainly provide you with information or alert you to potential dangers involved in certain choices as needed. But since my goal is to help you build skills that will make you independent of me, I will support your own exploration and solutions whenever possible.
My own spiritual background is in the Christian tradition. If it is important to you to approach your therapy from this world view, please let me know. Regardless of your philosophical and spiritual background and preferences, I will always strive to support you in pursuing the values and resources that you feel will best support your progress in therapy.
MA, Counseling, CACREP Accredited Counseling Licensure Program, DENVER SEMINARY
MA, English Literature, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
BA, English and American Literature, HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Prepare and Enrich Marital and Pre-Marital Counseling Certification
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained (Level II)
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Source: Lambert, M.J., & Barley, D.E. (2002). Research summary on the therapeutic relationship and psychotherapy outcome. In J. Norcross (Ed.), Psychotherapy relationships that work: Therapist contributions and responsiveness to patients. Oxford University Press.
Jennifer Diebel, MA, LPC