Elizabeth Cortez, PhD
Making the decision to pursue psychotherapy will often be life changing for individuals and/or couples. Having a safe place to reveal your struggles with a guide who is patient and intuitive can help you to develop an understanding of your habits and determine why you do the things that you do. My style of therapy is interactive and engaged. I see myself as your personal transformational coach who can help you to reach your potential and live a happier, more fulfilled life.
Individuals (click here for more info)
Individual counseling begins with an initial 60 minute diagnostic assessment session that helps me to understand your presenting concern(s) and learn how it affects your daily functioning. In this session I find out "your" story including hearing about your life stressors as well as what you've tried in the past to manage the problem. The history gathered in this session helps me to conceptualize how to best help you. In the first few sessions, together we will define your goals for therapy and discuss the path that we will take to address your concern(s).
We then determine, based upon your presenting concerns, how often you will need to come in. Each session following the initial diagnostic session lasts 50 minutes.
Please contact me to schedule a free phone consultation to determine if we would be a good fit to work together towards finding solutions to your concerns.
Couples (click here for more info)
Couples counseling is done with heterosexual or same-sexed couples. It can be with those who are just dating, engaged, living together or are married. Most often couples present with concerns regarding communication difficulties and intimacy problems. The initial couples session is usually done jointly. Subquently, I will often meet individually with each person to better understand his/her perspective. Following the initial diagnostic sessions, we will determine the frequency of therapy needed to address your concerns. Couples sessions can either be scheduled for a standard 50 minute session, or we can do a longer 80 minute session to give you more time to process and work through your concerns.
Please contact me to schedule a free phone consultation to determine if we would be a good fit to work together towards improving your relationship.