1. What is therapy?
Therapy, also known as counseling or psychotherapy, is a collaborative process between a trained therapist and a client. It aims to help individuals explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in a safe and confidential environment. Therapy can assist in resolving personal challenges, improving mental well-being, and achieving personal growth.
2. How can therapy help me?
Therapy can provide a wide range of benefits. It can help you gain a better understanding of yourself, develop healthier coping mechanisms, enhance your relationships, manage stress and anxiety, overcome depression, navigate life transitions, improve communication skills, and build resilience. The specific goals of therapy will depend on your unique needs and circumstances.
3. What type of therapy do you practice?
I have extensive training with evidence-based models such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I also offer Psychodynamic Therapy, a form of talk therapy that explores the connection between your past experiences – often from childhood – and your current mindset. Psychodynamic therapy puts more emphasis on unpacking how past traumas affect current emotions, while CBT and ACT focuses more on how present thoughts and perceptions play into behaviors. I find these models work well together. During my work with couples, I draw from Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Gottman Model for couples therapy. I find these models to offer the best mix of practicality and exploration.
4. How long does therapy last?
The duration of therapy varies depending on various factors such as the nature of the issue, your goals, and your progress. Some individuals or couples may find relief and achieve their objectives in a few sessions, while others may benefit from longer-term therapy. You can discuss and determine the appropriate length of treatment based on your needs and progress. Ultimately, it is up to you.
5. How often should I attend therapy sessions?
Initially, weekly sessions are requested to establish rapport, address immediate concerns, and set treatment goals. As progress is made, sessions may be spaced out to bi-weekly. I offer drop-in sessions for past clients.
6. How do I choose the right therapist for me?
Choosing a therapist is a personal decision. It's essential to find someone you feel comfortable with and who specializes in the areas you seek help with. Factors to consider include the therapist's qualifications, experience, therapeutic approach, and compatibility with your personality and values. You may want to schedule an initial consultation to assess the therapist's suitability and ask any questions you may have. If after a session or two you don't think it's a fit, let your therapist know and ask for referrals. Therapists want the best for you and understand not everyone is a match.
7. Is in-person or online therapy better?
Online therapy tends to be best suited for people with busy schedules or long commutes. It can be an effective alternative to traditional in-person therapy, providing the same level of confidentiality and support. The advantage of in-person therapy is there are no interruptions, you have a confidential, relaxing space and the process can sometimes feel more connected. I offer both online and person therapy or a combination of both.
8. What can I expect during my first therapy session?
Your first therapy session, also known as an intake session, is an opportunity for you and your therapist to get to know each other. You can expect your therapist to ask you questions about your reasons for seeking therapy, your personal history, and any specific concerns or goals you have. It is also a time for you to assess if you think your therapist is a good fit. It is completely normal to feel a little nervous.