My Clinical Approach
Therapy is one way to help people "revise" their survival tools and live a more enriching and fulfilling life. For some people, this will involve emotion focused change and for others it will be altering cognitions and thought processes. I have had success in utilizing each individual's strengths while improving a person's "growth edge" (i.e., less developed characteristics).
My hope is that each counseling session provides some small change towards the larger goal. Although each counseling session may not feel as "full" as the next, I expect both of us to come ready to work on an issue. Between our session appointments, I spend time thinking about your progress, reading articles about new research related to your concerns, and on occasion seeking supervision (without using any identifying information as to protect your confidentiality). As such, I also hope that you will advance your therapy by completing collaborative "homework" assignments we have discussed (e.g., journaling, exercising, talking to partner, doing on-line research, improving sleep habits, accepting compliments, asking friend for feedback).
My therapy style is direct and action oriented. Although I listen in session, I am involved in the process and often give direct feedback. In order to keep our relationship balanced, I hope that you will give me feedback about our counseling progress. In this way, we work towards an honest and genuine therapeutic relationship.
My goals are to:
I have special interest in/offer therapy for:
Evaluation and Assessment
Dr. Sager works with a team of psychologists at the ITM group, which provides access to the most sophisticated and state of the art assessment procedures. Computer technology is used for certain assessment procedures and scoring. Intelligence, achievement/aptitude, personality, attention/concentration, career/vocational instruments are part of the ITM Assessment Center.