Kathy Jarosz LCSW, "Marriage-Friendly Therapist"
I will help you save your marriage!                                          Phone: (415) 482-9796
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My Approach

Client-Centered Psychotherapy

What does this mean?

Your therapy experience will be based on your needs, desires, ideas and preferences.  I will follow your experience of the therapy closely by asking you frequently for feedback through simple rating tools that I have integrated into my practice.  These tools help me ensure that you achieve measurable results through your investment in the therapy.  Although this is not common for therapist’s to do, it is backed up by research and can greatly benefit you, the client.

Will I Get Feedback from the Therapist?

The most common complaint I have heard from new clients is that their past therapist was not active enough and forthcoming enough with feedback. I am a naturally interactive therapist. I believe that therapy works best as a dialogue back and forth.   I will ask for your input throughout the process and I am responsive to my client’s need for feedback at times.

How Quickly will I see Results?

When therapy is working well, there tends to be indications of progress within the first few sessions.  Research indicates this.  This is a sign I always look for and if it is not happening, I address the situation to see what needs to be done differently.  You will be asked to collaborate throughout the therapy experience about what is working for you and what is not.

Many people come to therapy with concerns about the time needed.  Seeing the signs of progress at the beginning greatly helps relieve their concerns.  It is critical also, that we continue the dialogue regularly about what is helping and what isn’t to keep the momentum going. 

Support System

I encourage my clients to develop their support system in conjunction with the therapy.  When clients do this, they make changes is their lives much quicker than those who don’t.  My clients are only with me one hour per week, so whatever they can do to get support during the week, can help them reach their goals more quickly.

Clinical Approaches

Working with couples is known, in the profession, to be hard work.  One way a good couple’s therapist deals with this is by getting ample training, supervision and continuing with their training.  That has been my approach over the past two and a half decades and my orientation with couples is based on all of he following approaches:
  • Solution-oriented couples therapy (Weiner-Davis)
  • Growth Model (Luthman)
  • Developmental Approach to couples therapy (Bader & Pearson)
  • Emotionally Focused therapy
  • Family Systems
  • Psychodynamic
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Imago therapy (Hendrix)
It is very important that I learn a lot about my clients in the first few sessions to get a complete assessment.  That information helps me decide which approaches might work best for you.  Then, throughout, we keep monitoring what’s working and what’s not.

Therapist’s Stance on Marriage

I am neither pro-marriage nor pro-divorce and I do not believe that it is my role to tell others what relationship they should be in or get out of.  I do believe, however, that it is important to learn from our life experiences.  The high divorce rate, and the high second and third divorce rate indicate that learning from our experience is the quite difficult.  Getting professional help just makes sense and research supports that.

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