Hi there, I'm Capus Barnett, a licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience helping individuals achieve mental wellness and lead fulfilling lives. My approach to therapy is warm, compassionate, and evidence-based, incorporating various techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Psychodynamic Therapy. I specialize in anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, and personal growth. I'm excited to get to know you and support you on your journey to mental well-being!
I'm so glad you're interested in learning more about my approach to therapy. As a therapist, my goal is to create a safe, supportive space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. When it comes to theoretical approaches, I believe in using a flexible, person-centered approach that is tailored to your unique needs and goals. Some of the most common theoretical approaches I use include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, and mindfulness-based approaches. CBT can be great for identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors that may be causing distress or holding you back. Psychodynamic therapy focuses on exploring unconscious patterns and unresolved conflicts that may be impacting your current experiences. And mindfulness-based approaches can help you develop greater awareness and acceptance of your thoughts and feelings. Of course, these are just a few examples of the many theoretical approaches that can be effective in therapy. The most important thing is finding an approach that feels right for you and your unique needs.
I love working with all sorts of people from different backgrounds and walks of life. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or just feeling stuck, I'm here to help you navigate your way through life's challenges. I'm especially comfortable working with clients who are open to exploring their thoughts and feelings, and who are motivated to make positive changes in their lives. I believe in creating a safe, non-judgmental space where you can be yourself and feel heard and understood.
My communication style
My communication style is warm, empathetic, and collaborative. I strive to create a safe and supportive environment where you feel comfortable sharing your thoughts and feelings. During our sessions, I will actively listen to you and provide feedback that is thoughtful and non-judgmental. I believe in working collaboratively with my clients to identify goals and develop strategies to achieve them. I also bring a sense of humor and lightheartedness to my work, as I believe that laughter and positivity can be powerful tools for healing and growth. Overall, I hope that our sessions together feel like a safe haven where you can explore your thoughts and feelings, gain insights about yourself, and develop the skills and confidence to live a more fulfilling life.
My journey to therapy
I've always been fascinated by the inner workings of the human mind. I love listening to people's stories and learning about their experiences, so becoming a therapist just made sense to me. I wanted to help people in a meaningful way, and I knew that becoming a therapist would allow me to do just that. Of course, the road to becoming a therapist wasn't always easy. It took years of hard work and dedication, but I'm so grateful for every step of the journey. I completed my undergraduate degree in social work and then went on to earn my Master's in Social Work. I also completed a rigorous internship program where I was able to gain hands-on experience working with clients. What drives me to do this work is the knowledge that I am making a real difference in people's lives. There's nothing quite like seeing a client have a breakthrough moment or watching as they learn to manage their anxiety or depression. It's incredibly rewarding to work, and I feel honored to be a part of my client's journeys.
My goals for you
Goal-setting is an important part of the therapeutic process, and I take a collaborative approach with my clients to establish goals that are meaningful and achievable. Here are the steps I typically take: Listen and understand: I start by actively listening to my clients and understanding their concerns and needs. This helps me get a clear picture of what they want to achieve and what obstacles they may face. Identify specific, measurable goals: Once I understand what my client wants to achieve, we work together to establish specific, measurable goals. For example, if someone is struggling with anxiety, their goal may be to reduce the frequency of panic attacks from once a week to once a month. Break goals into smaller steps: Sometimes goals can seem overwhelming or unattainable if they're too big. I work with my clients to break their goals into smaller, more manageable steps. This can make the process feel less daunting and help clients build momentum as they achieve each step. Prioritize goals: It's not always possible to achieve every goal at once, so I work with my clients to prioritize their goals based on what's most important to them. This helps clients stay focused and avoid feeling overwhelmed. Review and revise: As clients work towards their goals, we regularly review progress and adjust as needed. Sometimes goals may need to be revised if they're no longer relevant or if clients encounter unexpected challenges. Overall, I believe that goal-setting should be a collaborative process between the therapist and the client. By working together, we can establish meaningful and achievable goals that help clients feel motivated and empowered to make positive changes in their lives.
My first session with you
The first session with a new therapist can feel a bit nerve-wracking, but I want my clients to feel as comfortable and at ease as possible. Here's what clients can expect during a first session with me: A warm welcome: I'll start by welcoming my client and making sure they feel comfortable in the space. I'll introduce myself and ask if they have any questions before we begin. Information gathering: I'll ask some questions to get to know my client better, including things like their background, current concerns, and goals for therapy. This helps me get a sense of their unique needs and how I can best support them. Discussion of therapy process: I'll talk with my client about what they can expect from therapy, including the frequency of sessions, the therapeutic approach I use, and any other relevant information. I'll also answer any questions they may have about the therapy process. Exploration of concerns: We'll spend some time exploring my client's concerns in more depth. I'll ask questions to help clarify their thoughts and feelings, and work to create a safe and supportive space where they feel comfortable sharing. Discussion of next steps: At the end of the session, we'll discuss next steps and create a plan for moving forward. This may include scheduling additional sessions, identifying goals for therapy, or working on specific skills or strategies between sessions. Overall, my goal for the first session is to create a sense of safety and trust, and to begin building a strong therapeutic relationship with my client. I want my clients to leave the session feeling heard, understood, and hopeful about the possibilities for growth and change in their lives.