What can I expect during the first session?
I will create a safe, therapeutic and confidential environment while gathering information about your presenting issue or reasons for seeking therapy. I will also gather information about your history (family, relationship, psychological, career, etc.) and your current lifestyle (schedule, stressors, support network, etc,). You are encouraged to ask any questions you might have about therapy and to share your objectives, concerns, etc. There is some basic paperwork that we will complete together pertaining to your contact information, insurance, confidentiality, etc.
How frequent are visits?
Typically, sessions occur once per week. The therapist and client may decide to increase or decrease the frequency of visits depending on progress and need.
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, dig deep into your behavior 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.
How long will I be in therapy?
Length of treatment depends on the presenting issue and the goals of treatment. Brief treatment might be as short as three to five sessions while longer term therapy might last as long as a few years. The therapist and client will collaborate to determine the length of treatment that is clinically appropriate and feels comfortable for the client.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.