Elizabeth Jerison Terry, PhD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist • Licensed Psychologist PSY 20657

Psychotherapy

We Work Together to Solve Real Problems

My approach is collaborative: we will define and set goals together and our work will not be limited to our sessions.

Goals

Goals are individual, of course. Examples of large goals might be: to improve sleep habits; to decrease procrastination; to relieve depression or anxiety; to improve relationships. We then identify smaller steps to achieve these goals.

Often, we will decide on (and practice) activities for you to complete during the week so that you can continue making progress between sessions. If it is difficult for you to complete an activity, we will figure out why, maybe complete it in the next session, and adapt for future sessions.

Completing work between sessions makes psychotherapy more effective and progress faster.

Focus on What Is

Our focus will be the what is: what is going on in your current life, rather than what has led up to your difficulties. A certain amount of information about your history will help us understand some of the “why” behind your current behavior, but our focus will be primarily on moving forward in life.

Learn Self-Help Skills

Another goal: to make myself obsolete. I want you to learn to apply the tools and skills we practice — essentially become your own therapist. Through activities in and between the sessions, we will work to help you develop coping skills to achieve shared goals such as: learning to change your own thinking; having feelings without letting the feelings (be) have you. Feelings are real and important AND sometimes they are not helpful team players. Sometimes, actions based on feelings interfere; one goal could be to help you make more conscious decisions about behavior rather than letting difficult feelings decide for you.

Telepsychology

Telepsychology Competencies Credential Elizabeth Jerison Terry PhD
for
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Self-Esteem
  • Insomnia (CBT-I)
  • Executive functioning (and AD/HD)
  • Learning disabilities
  • Head injury
  • Seizure disorders
  • Anger Management
  • Family Support
for
  • Accepting negative feelings
  • Identifying personal values
  • Committing to actions in accordance with your values
  • Increasing the meaningfulness of your daily life.