It does get better.
Let’s accelerate that process.
My goal with therapy is to be as pragmatic as possible. I’m not gonna ask you about the Color Code or which Harry Potter house you belong to. We’re gonna talk about how you want your life to be different, and how to make that happen.
What to Expect
Look, therapy is kind of weird. You come in and talk to a total stranger about some of the most personal, painful stuff in your life. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it totally works. But it’s a super odd concept.
What does that look like in session? I’m going to be asking you about the pain you feel, and what you want to change. I’ll hopefully be able to help highlight patterns of thinking or habits of handling emotions that seem to get in the way. I’ll also try to help you examine what you really want in your life, and ways you can start to move forward towards that life.
Said a little more formally: I’m here to help you build on your existing resilience to intentionally move towards thriving in the face of adversity.
How I Practice
My therapy is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), an empirically validated, modern implementation of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that combines traditional psychotherapeutic methods with mindfulness and acceptance. It builds on existing skills and resilience already present in human beings.
That resilience sometimes feels foreign when you’re in pain—but sexual/gender minorities are some of the most resilient people I’ve worked with in my career. You have to be pretty resilient to be able to keep moving forward against discrimination, rejection, and the ignorance that is unfortunately so common among people who haven’t had to examine the limits of their own experience.
Realistically, our sessions are going to be a very small part of what will make a difference in your life. We’ll only see each other for less than an hour; it’s going to be your willingness to try some of the new things we’ll talk about that will make the difference in your life. When we meet we’ll talk about what you tried, what worked, what didn’t, and what you can try next.So, that’s a general idea of what it will look like. Above all, I hope our work will move you further towards the kind of life you really, genuinely want.
A Little Bit About Me
I think the best therapists don’t really talk about themselves that much in session—time is limited, so let’s focus our energy on what’s gonna pay the biggest dividends. My love of Edgar Wright films probably isn’t going to really help you learn how to better handle anxiety. So here’s some stuff you probably won’t ever hear about in session, but it may help give you an idea of the kind of nerd I am. I love making things: welding, woodworking, baking, pottery, cooking. My spouse and I have an annual Lego building tradition. I’ve been through 11 recipes to try to make my own root beer (still haven’t made one I love). I got deep, deep into fountain pens a few years ago (like, over 200+ different inks deep). My favorite video game of all time is either Kerbal Space Program or Witcher 3. I consider it a successful round of golf if I lose less than 5 balls.
Dr. Klundt accepts the following insurances
In an effort to provide therapy to as many individuals as possible, Encircle Therapy offers insurance as one of the many payment options for our clients. Your therapist will discuss these options with you during your consultation.