What can I expect in the first counseling session?
Because we've already taken some time to get to know each other on the phone, during the first session we can jump right in. I'll go over some of the nuts and bolts of therapy, like confidentiality, the financial stuff, and scheduling, and then we'll talk more about how you'd like to use therapy to grow, change, and most of all, start to love your life! You might be surprised by the intensity of your feelings - often people don't know how much they're holding in until they start to let it out. But no worries - feeling is the first step to the freedom of true healing. You might also be surprised to find that we'll likely do a lot of laughing - life can be totally absurd and wonderful and terrible all at once - finding the humor in your predicament can be super healing. You'll leave that first session with some new thoughts to ponder, and maybe even a little homework if that's your thing.
How long will I be in therapy?
The answer is, it depends! Starting with your phone consultation, before you ever come into the office, we work on creating clear, measurable therapy goals so you know whether you're making progress. We'll meet weekly until your goals are met. Most people don't come to counseling right away, and my hope is to help you feel better ASAP. If you feel stuck, we'll work together to try a different approach. If you feel like you've met your initial goals and want to create new ones, we can do that too! And if there is ever a time we agree that I'm not the best person to help you, I'll help you get connected to someone who can.
What if I can't attend every week?
I have found that working together every week results in more efficient progress, and one of my goals for you is that you get what you need from therapy and move on with your awesome life! That said, sometimes life gets in the way of therapy - if you need to cut back on sessions or take a break, we'll work together to create a schedule that will work best for you.
Do you prescribe medication? Do you see couples or families?
No, but I can help you get connected with prescribers and family therapists, as either an adjunct to your individual therapy or instead of it. I work with individuals, but I use my training as a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist to help you look at and improve your role in the various systems you find yourself - your family, your work environment, or your friendship group. And if we agree it would be helpful, I'm happy to work together with your medical providers to help create a holistic network of healers all focused on helping you feel like your most spectacular self.