"Transformation comes with change"
Hello, my name is Dr. Lilia Mitchell. Welcome to Talkiatry. Let me begin by saying how glad I am you have decided to reach out for help.
My Philosophy on the Therapy Process and Relationship
I believe that therapy is a collaborative and interactive process between a client and a therapist. Effective therapy requires that the client and the therapist develop a relationship based on mutual trust and respect. I believe that each client is an individual with unique concerns, strengths, values, etc. Please know that I am a professional that is committed to your welfare.
By the end of the first or second session, I will be able to tell you how I see your case and how I think we should proceed. I view therapy as a partnership between us. You define the problems or concerns to be worked on; I use special knowledge to help you make the changes you want to make. Psychotherapy is not like visiting a medical professional. It requires your very active involvement; it requires your best efforts to change thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. For example, I want you to tell me about important experiences, what they mean to you, and what strong feelings are involved. This is one of the ways you are an active partner in therapy.
I expect us to plan our work together and figure out a treatment plan to follow. We will list the areas of concern and how they will be addressed. From time to time, we will look together at our progress and goals. If we think we need to, we can then change our treatment plan, its goals, or its methods. Participation in therapy involves listening to the therapist, being honest, discussing concerns about the process, and completing outside assignments when appropriate.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a master’s degree in Counseling, and a Doctor of Professional Counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor/Supervisor issued by the Texas State Board of Examiners for Professional Counselors and am a certified counselor by the National Board of Certified Counselors. I am a member of the American Counseling Association. I have experience helping individuals dealing with issues of domestic violence, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, stress management, self-esteem, and marital issues. I am also very interested in helping in the LGBTQI+ community.