I love my work! It has been tremendously rewarding for me over the past 12 years to work with the people that I have, helping them through the various struggles in their lives. It's an honor and a privilege to be in this profession - I understand that it takes courage to step into a therapist's office and begin to share your story. I respect that courage, and am so grateful for those who picked up the phone or sent me an email asking for my help.
Early in my career, I learned the tool of hypnosis, and I use it often with my individual therapy clients. It has been incredibly helpful in resolving those problems where my client knows what they want or don't want, but there's just that part of them that keeps tugging them in the opposite direction. This is common with anxiety and panic, as well as depression, procrastination, fears, and addictions. Most of the individuals I work with have never done hypnosis before, but because it's so helpful, if the person is willing, I will share with them the ways I think it can help them. Hypnosis helps us zip down to the root of the issue, which typically leads to a faster resolution than can be achieved in traditional talk therapy. I've found that many anxiety and panic issues can be resolved in as little as 3 sessions. If my client would prefer not to use hypnosis, that's fine, too.
My work with couples has also been very rewarding. I've found that many want help as quickly as possible with the "stuff" that is dragging down their relationship, and they appreciate my practical, problem solving approach. We work together to identify the problems that are coming between the two people, how those problems are impacting them, and the patterns of conflict that keep occurring in the relationship. Some problems can be resolved quickly, while others are deeper and more complex. I help couples achieve early successes, which helps build the resolve to work on the more difficult issues. I usually use a flip chart in my office that I use to "document" the conversation over the course of the 90 minute session. This practice has gotten rave reviews with my clients, who have said numerous times how helpful it was to be able to see the issues and patterns and not lose track of key pieces of the conversation.
Some prospective clients are curious as to whether I'm married or have children, as they want to know if the therapist they'll see has any "real world experience." I am married (25 years as of 2015), and have 3 children, ages 21, 19, and 13.
Kalli Matsuhashi ReachesEagan MN