I believe that everyone needs an objective resource in their life. Someone who can take a look at their current life circumstances, or even childhood experiences in order to determine what trajectory they are on. Therapy is a collaborative effort and the therapist and client tackle the difficult situations that the client has faced, and together form a new path. There is no hierarchy in therapy, I prefer to be called Jennifer rather than Dr. or Ms. Guinta. We are all on an even playing field. I am just here to show you alternate perspectives regarding your problem. I am reality based, I do not just "yes you", I challenge you.
I consider my specialty to be working with individuals with prior or current substance abuse diagnoses. This is a specialty that I invest a lot of time in because I do not have knowledge from text books, I have real life experience. I have been in recovery in excess of 15 years. I fully understand where these individuals have been and where they can go!
I do not believe that a therapist should only be available to their client during the specific times of their sessions. I give my clients my email address & phone number so that they know in the event of a crisis, that I am a source of support. In all of my experience this has been my outlook and not only a handful have had to use my number for crisis.