How will I know it’s working?
Periodically (and frequently) throughout the duration of our relationship, we will talk about where we are, what’s working, your feelings about our relationship and where to go from here. It is my job to work myself out of a job. Our goal is to get you to a place that feels right and enables coping without psychotherapy.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
It is my job to to hold space for you exactly as you are in any given moment. I will hold you in unconditional positive regard and hopefully, you will safe to work on the things that you wish to work on. Family and support system serve a very important purpose, but these relationships will have their own motivations and needs showing up in your conversations. Therapy is about you.
What about medication?
Research has shown that when medication is warranted, it is helpful and when combined with counseling, even more effective. We may talk about medication to the extent that I will get you in touch with someone who has the skill to discuss this in depth and that person and I will become a part of your health care team. Our goal will be your mental health.
How does therapy work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, your work will depend on your needs. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will therapy take?
Again, my goal is to work myself out of a job, but I am unable to tell yo how long you will benefit from seeing me. We will regularly check in to be sure that you feel that the work we are doing is helpful and when the time comes that we both feel that you are ready to move on whether from therapy or to be referred to someone with a more appropriate skill set to what you need, I will help you with that process. Often, people find that 6-8 sessions are helpful. Again, it depends on the work that you wish to do.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation, dedication, homework completion, and session attendance will be crucial to your success.