I am very aware of the inner conflict that takes place when deciding to engage in counseling. If you are new to therapy or would just like to read up about my approach and process here are the answers to some common questions.
I don't think I could ever tell a stranger my personal business. I feel like therapy is for people who are really sick.
People from all walks of life, working through different stages and phases can benefit from therapy. Reaching out for help is a sign of bravery and strength.
Together we will explore and identify your strengths so that you may build your coping skills and strategies. This will allow you to better deal with the some of the challenges in your life and ground yourself to cope in the future.
Why should I talk to you instead of a friend or family member?
Our sessions are completely confidential, so you are free to unburden yourself without the fear of offending or creating an awkward dynamic between you and a loved one. I have the training, background, and experience to help you identify new tools and strategies to address the issues you are facing. You do not have to do this alone. I can help reveal another perspective, provide coping techniques, listen without judgment and shame as well as help you understand your own patterns of behavior.
I just want to take medication to feel better, won’t that be enough?
The role of medication when dealing with symptoms of stress, depression, anxiety and other issues can be very helpful. However, it alone cannot resolve all of a person’s challenges. Most often medication must be combined with counseling to be most effective. Together we will discuss your symptoms and/or barriers to reveal the safest form of treatment for you. If it is determined medication is ideal for you, an assessment with a physician will be suggested.
How does it work? What happens in a therapy session?
Because each person's symptoms and goals for treatment in counseling will be different; I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. A comfortable, safe and therapeutic environment has been created for you to explore at your pace.
How frequent are visits?
Sessions typically occur once per week, for 45 - 60 minutes. Together, we will decide the frequency of your visits depending on your circumstances and needs.
How long will I be in therapy?
It is impossible to say how long you will be in therapy as each person’s issues and goals are very different. What I can say is that we will evaluate your treatment periodically to ensure treatment is clinically sound and you feel supported.
I’m ready to get started, what do I need to do now?
Starting therapy (especially for the first time) is a big step, I am elated you have chosen me to take this journey with you. As your therapist I am committed to walking you through each step to get the most out our sessions. You can request an appointment as well as schedule your first visit at the bottom of the page. I look forward to meeting you!