How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Therapy will be different depending on the individual. Generally the first sessions involve a review of your history, background, and reasons for engaging in therapy. This will be used to collaborate in developing a plan and set of goals for your efforts in the therapeutic process. As therapy continues we will assess any areas that may benefit from additional attention and discuss how to be of most support.
How long will it take?
This will also be based on each individual. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take depends on a number of factors. Assessment of progress and any barriers to change that may emerge will be ongoing. I also believe that a large part of therapy involves supporting individuals in taking responsibility for their choices and how one chooses to engage in the therapeutic process will greatly determine the degree to which they experience the benefits of the work.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
Like any endeavor, active and honest participation is of great benefit. I will work actively and honestly to maximize your investment in this process and encourage the work you do outside of our sessions as perhaps the most important for your personal growth and development.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if you are interested in continuing in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.
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 certainly be an effective tool and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy. As part of our work I am happy to discuss referral options for psychiatric care if needed.