For many people, the thought of going to therapy holds great ambivalence. Because of the stigma that some have attached to going to therapy many people feel that it means there is something “wrong” with them or that if they go to therapy, their marriage is doomed to failure. There are all kinds of fears that play a part when you enter into unknown territory.
It has been my experience that those who are experiencing anxiety prior to coming into my office for therapy are always pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they are and how relieved and encouraged they feel afterwards. My job is to create a safe and comfortable environment for my clients and give them new tools, options, outlooks, and solutions for whatever their concerns may be.
The single most important factor in therapeutic change, is actually the relationship that you have with your therapist. If you feel like your therapist is a truly authentic person who really listens and understands where you are coming from and what it is that you need, you are more likely to be honest in your sessions and put more work into your therapy. As a result, you get more out of therapy. DO NOT SETTLE! You don’t have to. Go through therapists until you find one that you really “click” with.
No. A lot of people think that you only go to therapy when things get so bad that it is the last option. This does not have to be the case. You can come in for enrichment therapy for balance, motivation, and organization in their life as well as couples who come in just to learn what they could be doing better even though their relationship is not in “crisis.” This is entirely dependent upon what your goals for therapy are.
Yes, with a few exceptions: I am bound to report any intent to commit a crime, harm self or others, or if I suspect child or elder abuse. The other exception to this can only occur when the client signs a release of information form authorizing me to share certain information with whatever third party they deem appropriate.
No, I do not. Although, there may be rare cases in which medication may be a good option along with talk therapy, research shows that it is often times no more effective than any other type of treatment and sometimes even harmful. To me, this should always be an absolute, last resort and saved for the cases in which it truly is the best option and as such will be the most helpful to the client. Medication must always be prescribed by a Psychiatrist or other medical professional.
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As a common courtesy, 24 hours notice is required for all cancellations and reschedules. Failure to do so will result in a no show fee.
Most of my clients see me once a week. Sometimes in the beginning of therapy when relationships are on the verge of breakup or if there are other individual needs that warrant it (trauma, anger, etc), therapy will be more often.