Often times, it can be very difficult for individuals just starting therapy to open up and feel comfortable; especially around someone they just met! Dr. Sami primarily focuses on building a casual and comfortable relationship with each client to facilitate trust and acceptance. Dr. Sami understands that each individual is unique and has different needs. Based on the client's unique strengths and differences, she utilizes an eclectic approach, which may include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Behavior Activation, Relational Therapy; and aspects of play therapy, art, media, games, or even videogames as indicated for each client.
Dr. Sami enjoys getting to her know clients and their unique interests. She may utilize movies they are interested in, games/videogames, or other techniques for psychoeducational purposes.
Mental health treatment typically begins with a diagnostic intake. This is a process in which a licensed psychologist or other trained mental health professional conducts an interview with the client in order to obtain relevant historical and background information. The therapist may also spend some time orienting the client to therapy, reviewing the informed consent form(s), and outline policies and procedures. The diagnostic intake may yield a diagnosis and the therapist may make appropriate clinical recommendations and referrals.
Intakes last about 60-minutes in length.
Individual psychotherapy (also known as counseling, talk-therapy, or treatment) is a process in which clients work 1-on-1 with a licensed psychologist or other trained mental health professional in a safe, caring, and confidential environment.
Sessions last about 50-minutes in length.
Teletherapy (also known as telepsychology, telehealth, or telemedicine) refers to psychological treatment delivered via technology such as video conferencing. Teletherapy allows individuals to conveniently receive mental health treatment in the comfort of their homes.
Sessions last about 50-minutes in length; or 60 minutes in length for a diagnostic intake.
Consultation occurs between two professionals: The consultant, who is a specialist; and the consultee, who requests help or advice from the consultant. A consultation usually includes a consultee obtaining advice or direction regarding matters within their field of practice; or information from someone who is a specialist in the field.
Consultations last about 60-minutes in length.
Dr. Sami no longer conducts psychological and psychoeducational evaluations, but would be happy to provide you with referrals!