What happens during a session?
Typically, you will meet with me once a week for 50 minutes. Sometimes, clients feel the need for more or less time and that can be discussed and arranged. The first few sessions will be focused on building rapport and gathering background information and client history. A simple and immediate benefit to “talk therapy” comes from the actual relationship between the client and the therapist. Therefore, my first goal is to make sure you feel like we are a correct fit. You will feel comforted, supported and safe to explore difficult topics and you will be challenged to discover your unique strengths in a place of complete confidentiality. I will help you with guidance and processing feelings that arise in our work together. We will work to identify patterns that may contribute to dysfunctional feelings or behaviors. There is no one way to do therapy, and it is important that your therapist moves at your own pace.
Is What I tell you confidential?
Confidentiality is the cornerstone of psychotherapy or counseling. Did you know that mental health therapists are one of just a few professions that are recognized by the court system to be able to keep their client/patients confidentiality? The others are doctors, lawyers, clergymen. That is how important the trust is between client and therapist.
With the exception of certain specific situations as mandated by law, which we will review prior to working together, you have the absolute right to confidentiality. I cannot and will not tell anyone else what you have told me, or even that you are in therapy with me, without your prior written permission. I will always act to protect your privacy even if you (or your legal guardian) sign a release to share information.
What Can I Expect from Therapy?
Psychotherapy is the process where personal conflicts or distressing situations can be resolved. Each person has a unique background that affects how trauma or challenges affect them. There are many benefits to talking with a therapist. Some of those include a significant reduction in anxiety and stress, healthier relationships, better problem-solving and coping skills, and resolutions to specific problems. Therapy should help to ease difficulties you may be having with relationships at work, home, school, and in social settings. Therapy can provide insight into your thoughts, feelings, and attitudes so you can make more positive choices for yourself and give meaningful direction to your life resulting in greater self-awareness and empowerment to realize your full potential.
How do I make an appointment?
Please call or email to make an appointment. I suggest we speak on the phone first so that you can get a sense of me from the beginning. Finding the right therapist is important and it is a personal connection.