What is Therapy?
We’ve all heard the term, but what is therapy? The best therapy is one is tailored to your needs. This may include traditional “talk therapy” where we discuss what is happening in your life and what you hope to change, or specific treatments for a precise issue you’re facing. Most likely, it will be a combination of several styles and modalities that evolve as we get to know each other. The important thing here is that there is no ‘one’ form of treatment, and it is an ongoing dialogue to see what works for you. Many people feel the provider is in charge of healing, however, the work we do together is only part of what therapy is. Your effort will allow you to see changes and there is a direct link between the work you do to the success you find. My commitment to you is to help get you there and I will do everything I can to assist you in meeting your goals.
How long are sessions?
Traditional sessions are 50 minutes. Shorter or longer sessions depending on your needs or schedule can also be accommodated. The goal is to find what works best for your treatment.
Will I be in therapy forever?
Not at all, my goal is to get you to a place where you feel comfortable and confident moving forward without me! This might be short-term (less than 6 months) or longer (6+ months), but you’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to your treatment. Once initial concerns are met, you may wish to continue therapeutic ‘maintenance’ with check-ins rather than weekly sessions, or you may feel that there is a point where our formal relationship is complete. Therapy provides you with the tools to heal from the past and present to create the future you hope to see. Regardless of your reason for starting therapy, everyone has the capacity to learn, grow, and heal- whether that is complete recovery, or progress forward.
How do I know if you treat the issues I’m facing?
When in doubt, reach out. I’m always happy to chat about whether I’m the best fit for you, especially because it can be impossible to list all of the concerns a person might face. I specialize in a few areas including: trauma, relationships, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, grief, life stressors, and adjustment concerns. Of course there are a whole list of concerns you might be facing that doesn’t fall neatly into one of those categories- don’t worry, we can still have a successful relationship. If for some reason either one of us doesn’t feel that it is a good fit, we can talk about that and whether I can help you get connected to someone who would work for you.
Do you see: Children/Couples/Families?
Currently I am only seeing individual clients who are 18+ year of age. I am happy to work as an integrated provider along with your partner’s or family’s therapist. Please feel free to contact me to learn more.
How do you incorporate ethics, cultural sensitivity, historically marginalized individuals or groups in your practice?
I don’t believe I’m ever done learning and strive to continuously reflect and check my own assumptions and biases to provide the best and most client-centered care I can. As a human I am also aware that there are times where I might misstep and because it is of the upmost importance for you to feel safe, honesty and communication around these topics must be explored and addressed at any point during our relationship. I am also aware that there are clients who would prefer to see someone of the same sex, race, religion, gender identity, sexual identity, or other factor that I cannot meet. We can discuss what this means for you and whether after that conversation you feel as though it would be beneficial to you to work together or to find a provider who can meet that requirement.