HOW DO YOU KNOW IF WE'RE A GOOD FIT?
The relationship with your therapist is key. Maybe you read all the self-help books. You do all the self-care. You use all the meditation apps. You write all the affirmations. But nothing works. That's where I come in. To help you dig deep into your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. To unpack your pains, and rewrite your story. To help you sort out the mud puddles keeping you stuck and feel more like you. A good fit in therapy is feeling connected to, trusting of, and safe in your vulnerability with a therapist. I offer a free 15-minute consultation to all new curious clients. Schedule a call with me to see if we vibe.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A THERAPY SESSION?
Our first few sessions will focus on getting to know you. We will work to gain an understanding of the concerns, hopes, and the goals that bring you to therapy. We will then tailor therapy to your specific needs and create a plan to achieve the outcomes you want. You may be asked to reflect, to share your thoughts, to express your emotions, to consider alternatives, and to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. We know that sometimes trying something new like therapy can feel vulnerable and scary. You will be entirely supported throughout your entire counseling journey.
IS EVERYTHING I TALK ABOUT CONFIDENTIAL?
Your confidentiality matters. In fact, protecting your confidentiality is part of my ethical code as a mental health professional. It assures your privacy, trust, and your ability to share freely and openly in your sessions. Everything you tell me is confidential with a few exceptions: If I feel that you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, I can break confidentiality to keep you/others safe. If I hear about the abuse (or suspected abuse) of anyone under the age of 18, an elderly person, or someone with a disability, I am mandated to report it. If confidential information is subpoenaed in a court of law, I must comply with the subpoena and this would not happen without your prior knowledge. Additionally, I am mandated to share diagnostic information as necessary to obtain payment for services.
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HOW LONG DOES THERAPY TAKE?
This is a hard one to answer because each person’s circumstances are inherently unique. Therapy typically begins with regular visits as we build momentum. During your first session, we will discuss the frequency and timing that best fits your needs. The simplest answer is that therapy "ends" when you feel you have gotten to the place that you came to therapy for. But it's ultimately up to you. Some come to therapy with a specific goal in mind and end once that goal has been met. Others find therapy to be so helpful that they make it an integral part of their self-care routine even after their initial goal has been met and new ones have been established. Most commonly, we will explore that decision together with the understanding that you are welcome to come back at any time.
SHOULD I TAKE MEDICATION OR GO INTO THERAPY?
Research strongly supports the conclusion that medication in conjunction with therapy is far more effective than just medication alone. Your doctor or psychiatrist may or may not feel that medication would be of assistance to you. If you would like to explore the option of medication, I can help you find a provider to discuss this with you. Therapy is not always easy, and it can be tempting to want to solve a problem with medication alone. Clients typically find that the hard work they do in therapy is well worth the reward of feeling much better about themselves and their lives.
WHAT IF I HAVE TO CANCEL AN APPOINTMENT?
Although issues such as family and work emergencies, childcare issues, or illness may arise that make it challenging to keep your appointment, I do have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Since the appointment time has been set aside just for you, there will be a charge for any session canceled within 24 hours.
HOW DOES ONLINE THERAPY WORK?
Online therapy is no different than in-person therapy aside from not sharing physical space together. Think of online therapy as having sessions with a therapist through Facetime or Skype. But therapists use a HIPAA-complaint software that is secure, encrypted, and follows regulations for health information and patient privacy laws. Research shows online therapy is just as effective as office sessions. However, not everyone is a good fit for online sessions so it's best to have a phone consultation so we can decide together what modality fits you best.