My style is collaborative and egalitarian. I do not take an authoritative stance and prefer that my clients call me by my first name. My doctorate is important in that it reflects my preparation for this work, but my clients also have an expertise. As the therapist, my expertise is in psychological theory and process, human development, emotional patterns, and, importantly, processes of change. My clients bring their expertise on themselves. That includes awareness of their experience, history, needs and the problems or challenges that bring them to therapy. Our work together is characterized by mutual effort and intention.
The relationship between therapist and client is essential to successful psychotherapy. In fact, research continually identifies the relationship as more important than any other aspect of the treatment. Therefore, the quality of rapport between my clients and me is obviously fundamental to success. The relationship is also the source of rich material for the process of psychotherapy. Whatever an individual brings to any relationship will also be a part of the therapeutic relationship. I bring my observations from the relationship into our work.
I view each client as a complex and unique human being, comprised of the interactions of heart, body, mind, spirit. Each client is also a part of, and influenced by, many systems: family, friends, workplace, community, culture. My best understanding of the interaction of these systems deeply influences my recommendations for a treatment plan, as well as possible referrals to other practitioners, for example, psychiatrist, massage therapist, acupuncturist, nutritionist, etc.
Relaxed attitude and comfortable environment
My intent is to create a warm, inviting environment in which my clients feel comfortable and safe. Therapy is a serious endeavor and I do not approach it lightly, but I do interject humor where it is appropriate and laughter can be a part of my sessions.
The suite of offices where I practice with trusted colleagues is a safe haven for me and I hope it will be for my clients as well. Our waiting room, as well as my office, is intended to be a warm, welcoming sanctuary, to support transitioning from daily tasks to a different kind of attention. The atmosphere is quiet, nurturing, with the tranquil sounds of soft, relaxing music and a tabletop water fountain. Water, tea and magazines are provided to make the wait comfortable.
Many clients opt to use their moments in the waiting room to prepare for their sessions. We do ask that a contemplative environment be maintained in the waiting room, and thus, request that conversations be limited, voices lowered, and cell phones not be used.
DISCLAIMER: The information on any area or page of this site is intended for information purposes only regarding an available clinical service. The diagnosis or treatment of any particular disorder by the information provided on this website, or the links referred to by this website, is not recommended, intended, nor implied. No therapeutic relationship exists between Rebecca Mueller, Psy.D. and individuals wishing to e-mail or telephone her for information or to schedule an appointment. A therapeutic relationship, if appropriate, will be agreed upon following the initial, in-inperson consultation. If a psychotherapy relationship is not possible, for whatever reason, appropriate referrals may be provided.
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