Victor Yalom uses this vivid and captivating image of therapy, given to him by his own mentor, Jim Bugental. Victor describes a tightrope walker balanced on a wire, suspended between two sky scrapers. The walker carefully steps out over the expanse, gripping the long beam on his shoulders. He trusts it to give him the support he needs, as it has many times before. Suddenly, a gust of wind throws him off balance and he begins to fall. Victor describes this man, in his terror clutching onto the beam, which on previous occasions had saved his life and had been "his trusted friend". In that moment, what he needed to do was to release his grasp of the bean on grab hold of the wire, before it was too late. Instead, he clung to what was not longer working, falling to his death.
This is a perfect example of what often initially brings my clients into therapy. The skills they learned to survive in childhood, and even adulthood, are not longer working and they find themselves falling. I see may role as both a teacher and an explorer: teaching basic skills of emotional regulation and self-care (learning the skills to stay on the wire!), and exploring the past with you to heal old wounds that are inhibiting you from living a fulfilled life.
BOTH! Counseling may be done in person or virtually, though most prefer to meet in person and is highly recommended. To be a healthy fulfilled human we need human connection, and I believe our body and brains know the difference between being in person vs the less ideal virtual session.
Landrie is not contracted with insurance companies for several reasons. One reason being this allows her greater freedom, rather than working within the confines dictated by third-party payers. This ensures that you are offered the best quality service possible.
Indiviudals: Therapy can last as little as 8 to 10 weekly sessions, though many clients come in wanting to work on something a bit deeper and prefer to continue to engage in counseling indefinitely. This is something we can discuss after your initial session. You may find your goals change over time and that our focus may shift as you develop.
Great question! There are some very important differences between counseling and coaching. Coaching is NOT a substitute for therapeutic or counseling services. Landrie makes clear distinctions for your informed consent. Please note some of the ways the two services differ.
● A medical diagnosis is never given. ● No medical records are kept.● Coaching is strictly goal-centered, specifically around improving an already relatively healthy and functional life. ● Coaching is not for those in psychological distress.● High-risk needs or concerns are not appropriate for coaching level services.
People come to therapy for all sorts of reasons. Some come to counseling to heal from experiences in their past, or to address a current issue. Others come due to anxiety, depression, or grief. Because of this, counseling can look different for each client. Despite the initial reason for coming in, there are a few consistent things you can expect. 1) The first session is focused on getting to know you and what brings you in. It can feel frustrating for anyone new to therapy, but it is important for Landrie to get to know you and your life. It is really the opportunity to set the stage for your counseling session.2) Prepare for your sessions by coming in with an idea of what you want to focus on. During a session you may find we wander off to other areas that need attention, but it can be helpful to have an idea of where you want to start 3) Arrive on time. Because sessions last 45 minutes, it is important you arrive a little bit early so that sessions can start on time and you get all the time with Landrie that you need! Please wait in the waiting area for your appointment
I use a psychodynamic approach and incorporate techniques from Internal Family Systems, Gottman, Brainspotting, and EFT ("client-centered" approaches based in attachment theory and neurobiology). I use these approaches, but also tend to give practical "homework" as well, to get the most out of our time together. I see my role as a collaborator and as a “gardener” and believe the role of therapy is to heal wounds, improve emotional health, and to broaden perspective/opportunities.
$175 for 45min for weekly or bi-weekly individual sessions.