How long is a therapy session and how often do I come in?
Individual sessions are 55 minutes long. We will usually meet once a week. Occasionally a client will come in more than that for a short time, typically while a crisis is being resolved or there is a decision-making deadline approaching.
What happens at a first appointment?
I will ask you to either download and bring in with you the completed forms available on this website, or to arrive for your appointment 15 minutes early to read and fill out the documents in the waiting room. A first session is a chance for you to tell me a little about yourself, and about what you hope for in coming to therapy. It is also a chance to ask questions, and get a sense for how we “fit” together. If we feel that working together would be helpful for you, we can set up a standing weekly appointment.
What happens in a therapy session?
In therapy we not only experience being listened to, but we also learn to listen to ourselves. I will work with you as you improve your ability to separate your own voice from the voices of others that we all carry with us. Typically we will move between what is happening in your life at present, and what has happened in your life thus far that has impacted the way you move through the world today. I will work with you to elicit resources you may not have known you had, and to make the changes that will take you in the direction you would like to go.
How do I know if therapy is right for me?
Years of research have shown that positive relationships are healing, and I have seen people make profound changes while in psychotherapy. If at any time you feel like you need different or additional support, I am happy to discuss that and make the appropriate referrals.
Do I need medication?
Psychotherapy without medication is often extremely effective, but there are certainly circumstances in which medication might be necessary. Research has shown that when medication is used, it is usually more effective in conjunction with psychotherapy. I can help you think through your options, refer you to a medical provider, or consult with your prescribing physician.