How do I know if psychotherapy is right for me?
Psychotherapy is beneficial for most emotional issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, ongoing irritability, anger, sadness, etc. as well as life challenges or transitions (changes in job/career, divorce, parenting, moving. loss of a loved one), and relationship/family struggles for example. I find it can also be very helpful for many physical or somatic issues such as headaches, stomach problems, Chronic Fatigue, sleep problems, eczema, fertility issues and the list goes on and on. While therapy is not a medical treatment and any physical concerns should be addressed with your doctor first, many times I find that the physical problems people are experiencing have an underlying emotional cause as well that has been ignored. For this reason, psychotherapy is really helpful for all areas of your life. But if you're still unsure if it can help you, feel free to contact me for a free 20 minute consultation to discuss what options are best for you.
60- minute session
Therapy available by phone or Skype.
Psychotherapy is an extremely powerful tool in helping people to feel better in their lives, and yet most people shy away or never consider it because they think that talking about themselves or their feelings is a "waste of time." Or people have the picture that they will lie down on a couch and talk about their childhood in therapy for years and years. This couldn't be farther from the truth...
"I don't believe you need to be in therapy for years to
make changes and to find happiness."
While there are many different styles of therapy, my approach tends to be more direct and practical and is focused on providing tools, techniques and feedback from your first appointment. We work to understand the areas or problems of your life that you
want to work on, to identify any cause(s) and to give a "road map" or plan to resolve these areas. In addition, I often use my intuition to better understand what's going on which I find is invaluable in helping my clients to progress faster since we can more quickly "get to the bottom of things." I also give suggestions or "homework" to do between sessions in order to help further your progress and to provide practical tools to incorporate in your day-to-day life.
"Everyone is capable of being happy and creating the life they truly want.
We often just need the space and time with someone we trust and can be totally honest with to make this happen."
My overall belief is that everyone is capable of being happy and creating the life they truly want. We often just need the space and time with someone we trust and can be totally honest with to make this happen. My job is to create that safe space for you to really look at what you need to be happy and to figure out the best way for you to make that happen. Often our problems are related to just needing to talk about what's going on in our lives so when can get enough perspective and support to know how feel better.
"My job is to create that safe space for you to really look at what you need to be happy and to figure out the best way for you to make that happen."
Lastly, therapy is ultimately about you being open and honest with yourself and making a committment to your SELF. Therapy will only be as effective as you want it to be and will progress as quickly as you decide. In my experience, the two greatest keys to "successful therapy" are committment and trust. This means, a committment to yourself and the therapy process as well as feeling a deep sense of trust with your therapist. When these two ingredients are in place, all things are possible.
How long will the therapy last?
Each person and situation is different so it will vary, but, my goal with each client is for the process to be as efficient and effective as possible. Having gone through therapy myself, I understand the importance of gaining practical tools as well as support in order to progress. For this reason, I use a variety of techniques with each client as well as "homework" for clients to put into practice what they are learning between sessions. The timeline of therapy is ultimately up to you, but the more active and invested you are in the process, the faster you will find resolution. Generally speaking though, a client will go to therapy for a few months if it is a relatively "simple" issue up to a few years if it is more complex and chronic.
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but in therapy. You can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. However, please be aware professional ethics require a therapist to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, developmentally delayed adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another identified person.
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"I understand the importance of gaining practical tools
as well as support in order to progress."