My Approach to Therapy

More than any therapeutic technique it is the relationship that heals.” Irv Yalom, M.D.

In my work with couplesmy goal is to encourage both parties to take responsibility for their portion of the difficulties. When this is achieved the effectiveness of our work improves greatly. I work hard to establish a therapeutic relationship with both spouses while coming to understand the marital dynamics. I have trained with John Gottman, Ph.D. at the University of Washington in Seattle. His approach includes the option of video-taping andis fairly structured in order to teach couples which behaviors enhance rather than disrupt and damage the marital relationship. The taping (always optional)allows us to review theinteractions and closely analyze how a particular couple inadvertently, yet habitually, slide into self-defeating, repetitive, vicious cycles of behavior. When couples view themselves on screen, it is much easier to realize the changes necessary to improve the marriage. This is one of a number of options available to us. I try to select the best approach for each individual or couple. I am always open to altering my approach.

Therapy sessionWhile I have had many years of experience and have studied and practiced a wide variety of approaches and techniques for helping people overcome their difficulties, I am still convinced that the single most important variable for therapeutic success is the relationship between the person seeking help and the therapist. Counseling and psychotherapy are unique in the field of relationships. In some ways they are like a marriage. You must find the right person—someone you resonate with, can trust, and from whom you feel unconditional acceptance as well as sustained hope. If you do not, I think you should trust yourintuition and move on to try another therapist, regardless of the professional’s credentials, experience, or personal recommendations. The trust builds slowly, but over time you should be able to talk with your therapist about things you perhaps find very difficult to discuss with any others.

In terms of style, I take an active role in the therapeutic process, resulting in a healthy give and take of ideas and strategies. I often suggest homework assignments, e.g. keeping a personal journal. Iam apt to assign readings that supplement our work and am flexible enough to switch therapeutic approaches if we decide the current one is turning out to be ineffective. I will share my opinions with you, if you like,and make recommendations that fit your personality and situation. I am open to feedback, whether it has to do with the approach we are using or a personal idiosyncrasy of mine that you find bothersome. As I said, the relationship is all important and a strong one facilitates behavior change.

Daniel C. Corley, Ph.D.

I am a Licensed Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist and a National Health Service Provider.  I am a member of Collin County Psychology Association and we meet monthly to cross pollinate. I have spent thirty years practicing in the Irving, Plano, Allen, and now the Historic Court House Square McKinney area, where I live as well as practice. My areas of expertise include marriage and family counseling, individual therapy, and the addictive disorders. I work with adults, adolescents, couples, parents, families and blended families in whatever combination the situation warrants.

Contact Information

201 1/2 East Virginia St.,
Suite 2,
McKinney, TX. 75069

Hours: 9:30a - 7:30p  Monday - Friday
Phone: (972) 542-2779
Fax: (972) 548-0914
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