What is Therapy?
Therapy is about learning about yourself and your relationships through conversations with your therapist and then making changes in your life to experience a more balanced sense of self and more satisfying interactions with others. It serves as a guide to learn how to change behavior, coping styles, and interaction patterns that are not effective and lead to self doubt and conflict in relationships. Therapy is also about finding alternative ways to cope with life’s range of challenges in more productive ways.
It is natural for people to feel a little (or a lot!) nervous when coming to therapy for the first time. It's a new experience with a new person and can be intimidating. Therapy is typically the most beneficial when people can be truly honest with their therapist, and themselves. As a therapist, it is my role to guide you through the process while helping you feel at ease in sharing your honest thoughts and feelings by creating a safe and secure space for you to do so.
We will explore your concerns, the spots in your life where you feel you experience difficulty, and things you've tried so far to try and make things work. Then we'll start to sort through how and why you've developed these patterns of thoughts and behavior. This will lead to looking at what needs to be changed which will begin the process of how to make day to day changes in your life.
The process of therapy takes different amounts of time for different people. Every situation and every relationship is unique. As we identify your goals and the changes that need to be made, we will continue to have an ongoing discussion about your progress.
Therapy sessions are 50-60 minutes in length. The frequency of sessions depends on the presenting needs on an individual basis, but typically occur anywhere from 1x weekly, 1x bi-weekly, or on a monthly basis.
"Confidentiality" is the first thing discussed when people come to therapy and is the foundation of the therapy relationship. Everything we talk about in the session is private. The only times I would ever break confidentiality are if I thought someone was going to hurt themselves or someone else or if there is suspicion of child abuse or neglect.