Q: How can therapy help me?
A: Therapy can provide support, problem-solving skills, and
enhanced coping strategies for issues that you may be facing. Many people also
find that therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or
point you in the direction of a solution.
Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals, and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Q: How long are the therapy sessions?
A: Therapy sessions are 50 minutes of face-to face therapeutic interaction. The other 10 minutes are allocated for scheduling, processing your payment, and addressing any other issues related to your treatment.
If you are attending a ½ session (30 minutes), there will be 20 minutes of face-to-face and 10 minutes for scheduling etc.
Q: How often will I have to come to therapy?
A: Most clients attend one session per week, which is the most beneficial for making progress. I recommend no less than bi-weekly sessions as a lot can happen in that period of time that may cause setbacks with some of your progress.
If problems warrant more frequent sessions, it is possible to meet with me twice per week (though this is not the norm and is dependent on the scheduling availability)
Q: What should I expect at my first appointment?
A: Your first appointment is called an Intake Appointment, but I prefer to call it the “get to know each other” session. The time will be spent discussing your personal history and exploring the issues that led you to seeking therapy. It will also give you an opportunity to get to know me and ask me any questions that you may have. It will be a very casual conversation and will not feel like a sterile interview where I ask you a list of questions. Although I have specific information that I do need to gather, it generally happens naturally throughout the conversation. I also know that some topics may be sensitive, so I do not pressure a person talk about things that make them uncomfortable or are not ready to talk about during their first session.
Q: How long will I have to go to therapy?
A: The length of therapy varies for each person. Throughout your treatment, we will evaluate your progress and make sure you are achieving the goals that you have set. The final decision regarding the length of therapy ultimately depends on how you are feeling and if you think you are ready to end your treatment. Some patients stay for two or three months, while others are in therapy for two or three years or more.