Psychotherapy or "talk therapy" helps with a wide range of issues and concerns. Psychotherapy can help to reduce emotional struggles, build confidence, strengthen relationships, and elicit positive change in the mind and body. Some people benefit from short-term therapy and others prefer long-term treatment. Research has shown that the majority of people who seek psychotherapy demonstrate a better quality of life and reduction in symptoms.
Benjamin Thomas, Ph.D.
With a background in providing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, I emphasize the connection between our behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. I work to help you strengthen these connections to enhance your mental well-being and quality of life. I additionally conduct therapy from a trauma-informed perspective, to validate and address the impacts of past traumas on mental health and how to work through them. My therapeutic approach is to build a collaborative, non-judgmental, and open therapeutic relationship with clients in order to help them realize and act on the change they want to see in their emotional and mental health. While I believe in the importance of providing therapy backed by research, there is no “one-size fits all” approach to it. So, I aim to incorporate a wide range of therapeutic techniques to help meet your needs and provide an individualized therapeutic space that is suited to you.
In my work with couples and families, I incorporate aspects of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. This approach is aimed at improving interpersonal relationships and effective communication by utilizing the strengths and skill sets that clients already have at their disposal. Additionally, I work in a collaborative manner with clients toward the resolution individuals wish to see in their relationships. Because every relationship is unique and comes with its own dynamic processes, this approach is tailored to the individual, couple, or family. Overall, my goal as your therapist is to ensure that you feel that you are in a safe and collaborative space that is individualized to your needs.
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Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Panic Attacks & Anxiety Attacks
Fearfulness & Phobias
Major Depressive Disorder
Seasonal Depressive Disorder
General & Chronic Stress
Grief & Bereavement
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Interpersonal Relationship Issues
The intake session is our first meeting. We will thoroughly discuss your history, concerns, symptoms, and goals for therapy. We will also work towards determining goodness of fit. Sometimes it takes a few sessions to determine if we will work well together. I encourage you to research other therapists and find the best provider to fit your needs. As we work together past the intake session, we will continue to explore your experiences, address symptoms, develop strategies, and set new goals as needed. The intake session is 60 minutes. I provide in-office and telehealth therapy options.
Short term and long term treatment is available depending on your therapy goals. Typically, sessions are weekly or bi-weekly at the start of treatment. As you make progress and get closer to your goals, the frequency of sessions can be reduced. Some clients prefer to continue frequent sessions to maintain their progress and address new issues or stressors. Others choose to return to therapy for monthly sessions or as needed. You determine what is best for you. Sessions are 55 to 60 minutes. Most insurance plans cover unlimited sessions per year. Check with your insurance carrier for any limitations and your out of pocket cost.
*I do not provide psychological evaluations, court-ordered therapy, crisis treatment, or medication management. Telehealth is only available to those living in Washington state. I only see client's age 18 and up.
First Choice Health
Please complete the client scheduling form and indicate your insurance plan. You will be contacted as soon as possible for scheduling.