20+ Years Exp
20+ Years Exp
My name is Rhea Kisling and I’ve been working in the behavioral health field for over 20 years. It seems like just yesterday when I started working with families and children then eventually moved to working primarily with adults. I am passionate about supporting anyone who is seeking to better their situation. Regardless of our backgrounds, education or life experiences, we all seek to be fulfilled, loved and achieve some level of success or happiness.
I worked with a young woman who had been abused to the point where she did not feel she would ever be able to have a romantic relationship. A number of years after working with her, she contacted me to let me know she was getting married and later, that she had had her first child.
Counseling is a very personal experience and it varies from one person to another. While it typically involves a lot of talking in the session, the heavy lifting comes outside of the appointment, where the application of techniques come into play. Some people come to therapy for a few sessions and for others, it may be a lengthier journey.
The first appointment is a combination of getting to know each other and gathering information that will inform the therapeutic journey: what led to you to seek therapy, background information, what is it that you hope to gain from this experience, etc. For those who have never been in therapy before, it is orienting them as to what to expect from the process.
I find people fascinating…what motivates them, how they navigate their world, how they go about making decisions, etc. Helping someone find the tools to face whatever curveball life throws at them is what continues to motivate me as a clinician.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
I am hopeful that each session is impactful in some way and that clients can find some idea or technique that is helpful to their situation. Oftentimes there is homework involved, a technique to practice between sessions or an idea to mull over. In any event the importance of application to one’s life is key.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
My approach relies heavily on Cognitive Behavior Therapy but I also use aspects of Behavior Therapy and Solutions Focused Therapy to name a few. Educating and practicing techniques in session for application later on in real life is a large part of what I do in therapy.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
I believe that my warm personality easily puts people at ease and my direct nature helps clients to know what to expect. I’ve also been told by former clients that being an accountability partner in the process was helpful for them. Perhaps most important is recognizing that seeking therapy is a very courageous venture and the decision to trust a stranger with your “stuff” can be hard. I do not take that lightly and work to be worthy of the trust that clients place in me and therapy.