I have created this website to provide information for persons seeking
therapy or consultation. My goal is to provide you with information
about my areas of specialty, background, and philosophy of practice.
addition I have included necessary forms
that you will need to fill out in scheduling an appointment. I hope
that you will download these and fill them out in the comfort of
your own home. This will make our first session together less rushed
and more productive. Please bring these forms with you, or fax them
to me at 207/439-2254.
you have questions please contact me.
My voice mail, fax, and e mail are all confidential.
you are interested, you are welcome to read
some articles that I have written for a business consulting firm
for which I occasionally work. The articles are not about therapy,
but may give you a better idea of some of my thoughts and opinions.
forward to working with you.
Arlene Brewster, Ph.D., Psychologist
been a therapist for quite a long time, and have experienced many
changes in the field in terms of diagnosis and treatment techniques.
What remains consistent is that therapy is a team effort between
the therapist and patient. The therapist does not solve your problems
or tell you what to do, but rather uses his or her expertise to
help you get beyond the issues that brings you to therapy. Therapy
can help you build a set of skills and a different way of approaching
problems which can not only help with the immediate issues, but
lead to increasing competence in facing the all the inevitable problems
that life offers.
goal is to aid patients in accessing and building their strengths
and resources. These are more important and better predictors of
success than the depth of crisis that brings you to seek therapy.
a number of therapeutic techniques depending on the presenting problem.
I use cognitive behavioral therapy, brief solution focused therapy,
insight therapy, and several techniques for dealing with anxiety.
I also use systems therapy and emotionally focused therapy when
dealing with couples.
with your family physician or a psychiatrist if medication is recommended.
In many cases, short term medication and therapy has been consistently
shown to produce the most long lasting benefits.