Dr. Bell-Pringle works with adults and adolescents who are at least 18 years of age. She uses different formats (i.e., individual therapy, couple's therapy, or family therapy) depending on the specific needs of her clients.
Individual Psychotherapy: In individual psychotherapy, I meet one on one with a client. That person usually chooses a standard time during which we can meet. This time is reserved for that person weekly until he or she no longer needs the appointment time. Weekly appointments are often ideal for individual work because consistent contact allows the person to get connected and feel safe to address the issues at hand. Sometimes an individual client will be given "homework" or things to practice in between appointments. I work with both men and women and have expertise in working with anxiety disorders, depression, relational problems, addictions, childhood abuse, family of origin issues.
Couple's Psychotherapy: In couple's therapy, I meet either weekly or bi-weekly with two people who are in an intimate relationship with one another. I work with all couple relationships (e.g., heterosexual, gay, lesbian, married, live-in, dating, divorced) in which two people are interested in creating a positive path together. People choose their partners based on their own values and their history in prior relationships. All people have experienced wounds as a result of negative interactions with people in their lives such as family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and strangers. These experiences help influence who we choose to connect with and what expectations we have regarding our partners. Pairing-up in this fashion can be healing, but can also accidentally re-create some unpleasant relational dynamics. When this occurs, couples need a working system that allows them to identify the negative patterns, understand how each person’s history may influence the pattern, and how to respond in such a way that promotes closeness rather than distance.
Substance Abuse: I work with clients who are wondering if they have a substance abuse problem; clients who know they have a problem, but are ambivalent about abstaining from substances; people who are interested in abstaining from substances, but are having difficulty doing this; and people who have been abstinent from substance use, but want to work on relapse prevention. I view substance abuse issues from several angles (e.g., attachment issues, behavioral contingencies, biological factors, emotional influences). My goal is to understand each individual's set of influences and help the person see how the use of substances is affecting him/her. This approach includes the exploration of the positive aspects of substance use as well as the negative aspects. My job is to help clients see the reality of their substance use, while also respecting each person's right to decide what is best for him/her regarding this issue. For those who are contemplating giving up their substance use, I recommend attending organized groups to help with this (i.e., treatment groups in private practice, inpatient or outpatient substance abuse treatment, church groups, 12-step groups like AA or NA). These groups can be helpful in supporting you in your goals and you do not have to agree with every aspect of a group format for it to help you.