With me, therapy is a conversation. It might entail creating a healing path from some past event or trauma. It might be about uncovering more about who you are and creating a road map to get you to your goals. I like to think of counseling as a capsule, a time and space free from judgement and trite advice. If you had this time and space, what might you discover and learn about yourself? What goals might be created? How might your burdens be lifted? How might you and your relationships heal?
Maybe. It is through our free 15 minute consult that you get to share your needs and we explore our goodness-of-fit. I am a huge advocate for "counselor shopping"--finding the right person for you. I may or may not be that person. That's why I like to provide the free 15 minute consult, so we can figure that out.
For some, a few sessions. For example, maybe you are struggling with a career decision and you just need to toss around some ideas to explore what the right path is for you. Or perhaps, you have some mild anxiety and you want to explore a few tips and tricks to help you feel more free. It is possible that these issues might take a few sessions and you are good to go.
Some choose to attend counseling far longer, like months or even a year. For example, if you are working through some tough trauma, debilitating anxiety or depression, or recovery from an abusive relationship, it may be helpful to attend counseling for several months to a year or more. This gives us an opportunity to develop a strong, trusting relationship, develop well-paced, realistic goals and time for you to grow and heal, moving from survivor to thriver.
On the average, I find that most people come to 8-10 sessions and then schedule once a month maintenance sessions to check-in and reevaluate goals.
I do not prescribe medication. You should consult with a psychiatrist and general care practitioner for this type of treatment.
These may or may not be relevant to you. But in my experience, therapy helps people in two main ways:
- Learn coping skills for tough problems (anxiety, depression, trauma, etc.)
- Identify and explore life goals, related to relationships, parenting, career, health, identity, etc.
The purpose of your counseling experience will be created by you and me, together. It will be unique to you but rooted in counseling best practices research-based approaches.
Lots of people feel like this. In fact, this is part of the suffering for a lot of people because they resist working on their problems because "it could be so much worse." In my professional opinion, there are no shortcuts through our pain and struggles. And just because "it could be so much worse" doesn't mean the experience will go away, so why not get some support and free up some mental and emotional energy?
Absolutely. Maintaining your confidentiality is one of my highest priorities. What we talk about is between me and you--your relationships, your symptoms, your fears, your health practices, all of it with a few exceptions because my other highest priority is safety. So as a mandated reporter, I have to report to authorities if you are an imminent danger to yourself or anyone else, or if an elder or child is in an abusive situation.
I love this question! I worried about this too when I was a client even though as a counselor the answer is so clear to me. If you DIDN'T talk about the same thing over and over again, you probably wouldn't be struggling with it! So the answer is NO. With that being said, I rarely have the same conversation twice with a client, even though the themes of your session (and life) will arise many times. My job is to help identify those themes and work together towards solutions.
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We will schedule a day/time that accommodates our schedules. I do have some evening and weekend availability.