I’ve never gone to therapy before, what should I expect?
Therapy is an individual process and different for each person. I will work with you to understand areas of your life you would like to focus on and help you to create change in your life. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How is talking to a therapist different than talking to family or a friend?
Therapy can sometimes feel like friendship as you and I will create a trusting relationship. Some key differences are that friends often times insert their own opinions and values when speaking with you. Therapy is a non-judgmental space to share thoughts and feelings you may not feel comfortable talking about with other people. Therapy is also a confidential space where you won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Finally, therapy can help you learn new skills, explore new perspectives on the situation, learn to listen to yourself, and feel comfortable with yourself.
How long is each session?
Each session is generally 50 minutes. There may be occasions when we have a longer session (e.g. a family session or meeting). This would be discussed and agreed upon in advance.
How frequently do we meet?
Typically we meet once a week. At our first meeting we will discuss your needs and come to an agreement on the frequency of our meetings. Throughout our work together we may change how frequently we meet depending on circumstance.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
I’ve been dealing with this for so long, how can you actually help me?
I start by getting to know you and listening to you. I believe that you are the expert of your experience and my job is to help you better understand yourself and make changes in your life. Therapy is your space to talk about what you want, I will not dictate how the session goes. Picking a therapist can feel daunting and I encourage you to think about what you want in a therapist and what you want to achieve from therapy. It may be helpful to meet with multiple therapists to find someone that you feels like a good fit. If we decide that I am not the right therapist for you, I will assist you in finding someone who may be a better fit for you.