Frequently Asked Questions
Why does one seek therapy?
We pursue therapy for a variety of reasons, some of us need support in a crisis, while others need to respond to unexpected challenges in life, while others seek opportunities for self-understanding and personal growth. Some merely need someone to talk to in a safe non-judgmental environment.
When we feel overwhelmed by anxiety, guilt, doubt or despair, our coping skills are under fire. Therapy can help by providing support, problem-solving skills, and effective coping mechanisms for issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues, unresolved trauma, bereavement, spiritual conflicts, stress management, body image issues, and mood disorders. Individuals who seek therapy demonstrate a willingness to take responsibility for their actions, are motivated to work toward change in their lives, and create a greater awareness in their lives.
What to expect in session?
During therapy sessions I will ask you why you have come to see me. What your expectations of therapy are? What I can help you with? A typical session lasts approximately one hour, but it may be longer, depending upon each individual client’s needs. The first session typically lasts the longest, enabling us to get to know one another. I like to make my clients feel as comfortable as possible, and not feel rushed. I believe coming to therapy, making that initial decision can be very difficult, and sometimes it takes time to feel comfortable and build some level of trust.
How long will therapy take?
Many individuals enter therapy hoping to get quick relief from the distress in their life. I try to offer a solution-focused therapy, attempting to get to the point of why they came in, and focus the session on what I can do to help my client move forward as quickly as possible. Therapy costs a lot in terms of money, time, and energy. I try to be aware of this. The length of therapy is determined by the presenting problems, concerns and expectations, coupled with the goals we establish.
What my therapy sessions are like?
I wholeheartedly focus all my attention on listening to my client. I do not believe in hiding behind my computer, or note pad. When you come to me you will have 100% of my attention. I am interactive, meaning, I will provide feedback to you. I try to help you brainstorm various ways that you can feel better, achieve your goals, and move forward in a positive fashion. I also help you establish goals; I provide you with homework that may help you achieve these goals. It is up to you if you want to do the homework. I provide my clients with resources, places to go, or information to read to enable better understanding.
Benefits and Risks of therapy?
A commitment to therapy has many benefits. Oftentimes it is helpful to know that someone understands you. Therapy may provide a different perspective on a difficult problem, or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits of therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Therapy can be a tremendous asset to managing the stress of daily life, interpersonal relationships, family concerns and personal growth.
Developing coping skills; attaining a better understanding of yourself; managing anger, anxiety, depression, negative thoughts; improving self-esteem, finding resolution, improving communication skills, breaking negative patterns and developing new, healthy behaviors and habits are all positive benefits to therapy.
What is the Risk?
Therapy often requires talking about unpleasant aspects of your history, past traumas, or recalling hurtful situations. This may bring up feelings of anger, sadness, fear, or shame. Although it is sometimes necessary to talk about painful or embarrassing events, the role of the therapist is to be understanding and non-judgmental. I am here to hear your story and help you work through the emotional pain.