Frequent Asked Questions

FAQ

Exactly what is therapy?

  

Therapy; psychotherapy or counseling – is the process of interacting with a trained and credentialed professional on an ongoing basis to help you recognize and change deep-rooted and potentially self-sabotaging mental and emotional behaviors, thoughts, and patterns that are keeping you from fulfilling your purpose and away from the life you want to live.

How long is a therapy session?

  

Therapy sessions are 50 minutes in length. Sessions may be longer if you are experiencing a significant crisis, but consideration for the next scheduled client must be kept in mind.

Is what I share confidential?

  

Absolutely. What you share with me in our sessions is completely confidential except in the case of 1) immediate threat of harm to self or other, 2) suspicion of child or dependent elder abuse, 3) in the case of a court subpoena. We’ll discuss all of this and my other office policies during your initial intake session.

How long does therapy last? How will I know when I’m done?

  

The duration of therapy looks different for everyone. For some short term therapy (6 months) is adequate. For others looking to change deeply rooted patterns and belief systems, the process may take longer; up to a year.  You can trust that you and I will keep checking in throughout our work together to determine if it feels appropriate and timely to end therapy.

Who do you work with?

  I provide counseling for individual adolescents and adults, couples, or families. My expertise is in anxiety and stress, depression, self-worth, life transitions, and PTSD. I will assist people with career issues or college entrance procedures. Participation in the group sessions are based on specific diagnoses or interests. Anyone can attend workshops and seminars as well as the social interaction (Perspectives) sessions. 

What can I expect from therapy?

 Once you have made a decision to see a therapist, you still might be apprehensive about the process. Many people feel nervous before the first appointment. Therapy is a shared journey; a shared process. And, although you and I will travel together, it is ultimately your journey and you will make your own decisions. I do not have answers for all your concerns, but I do have the ability to listen carefully, and will ask thoughtful questions. Your answers to these questions will help shape the direction of our work. You can expect to be respected. You can expect that I will offer opinions and suggestions from time to time but I will not tell you what to do. You can expect me to be firm and direct with helping you acknowledge your reality and working to walk into your purpose.