Frequently Asked Questions
Please read through commonly asked questions below. I hope they'll make you feel at ease as you begin your therapy journey.
People enter therapy for many different reasons. Some people enter therapy because they need to resolve uncomfortable symptoms such as feeling sad, anxious, stressed, or have difficulty coping with past painful experiences. Others enter therapy to address a specific issue such as coping with a major life transition, feeling “stuck” or addressing a behavior they would like to change. Therapy can be an effective tool to gain further insight and awareness into ourselves. We can learn more about the root causes of our difficulties and create a space to explore long-standing issues that we have not been able to resolve on our own. Therapy can also help you gain a different perspective and have the experience of someone listening to you without judgment or expectations.
How Do I Know If I Need Therapy?
You may benefit from therapy if you;
Consistently feel anxious, worried, and fearful of the future.
Feel sad, lonely, and disconnected from others.
Have difficulty understanding changes in your emotional states. Suddenly feeling irritable, sad, anxious, angry, etc. and are unsure why.
Have a history of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse that continues to impact you today.
Struggle with excessive self-criticism, low self-esteem, frequently anticipate failure, and not feeling worthy.
Struggle with addictions including - overuse of alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications. Or if you are in recovery from substance abuse and would like support to maintain your sobriety.
Feel stuck in your life or are going through a major life transition.
What Is Therapy Like?
Because each person has different issues and goals, therapy will vary depending on the individual. Our first few sessions will involve me trying to get to know you and understand the particular problems you may be facing. This will involve a thorough history as well as discussing what has been helpful and not so helpful in dealing with these issues. Generally, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and discuss any progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. However, there are no expectations other than you show up and talk about what you want to talk about at a pace that feels comfortable to you. Sessions are typically 45-minutes in duration and held weekly.
What Is Your Counseling Approach?
My approach is warm, supportive, and empathetic. As a therapist, I believe that building healthy and trusting relationships with my clients is the heart of good practice. I will empathically listen to your concerns and offer guidance and feedback. Together we will work towards thoughtfully examining the issues you are facing and building upon your inner strengths.
Is What We Talk About Confidential?
Your confidentiality will be strictly maintained to the fullest extent of the law. The law protects the privacy of all communications between a patient and their provider. In most situations, I can only release information about your treatment to others if you sign a written authorization form that meets certain legal requirements imposed by HIPAA. There are several specific exceptions to the rules of confidentiality. These are listed below:
In the event of a clear and imminent danger to yourself or another person.
In the event that you disclose information that provides evidence of current abuse or neglect of minor children or a vulnerable adult.
If you are involved in a court proceeding and it is requested by court order.