How often do I need to come in?
The amount of sessions varies by individual and need. In the beginning of the therapy process I recommended meeting once a week to establish healthy rapport, establish goals and assess issues that lead you to therapy. Once things begin to improve, we can meeting bi-weekly, monthly or as needed. I will work to ensure your desire to counseling is met in a appropriate amount of time.
What is therapy and who is it for?
Life presents us with many challenges that we are not always equipped to deal with. These challenges are not moments that identify our weaknesses. Instead, they present opportunities for us to become stronger as a result of overcoming them. The therapy process is a great way to ensure that life’s challenges are not what defines us as individuals, but instead makes us stronger and more prepared to live happier and more fruitful lives. Therapy can also serve as a preventative measure to ensure that our lives remain productive and that we maintain an awareness of how stressors could be impacting ourselves and our loved ones. When people think about their health they often focus on their physical being. However, without the mind the body cannot follow. The therapy process is the key to living a truly healthy life. Mind, Body, and Spirit.
What can I expect from my initial session?
The initial session is an opportunity for us to get to know one another. The initial session will last about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. During the initial session, I will ask you about your past and what lead up to you beginning the therapy process. Sometimes people do not want to discuss their past, you will not be prodded to do so if you express discomfort. This session is the time for us to establish the presenting problem(s). Additionally, we will work together to establish your treatment goals.
What to Expect From Our Relationship?
As a professional, I will use my best knowledge and skills to help you. This includes following the standards of the National Association of Social Workers(NASW). In your best interest, the NASW puts limits on the relationship between a therapist and a client, and I will abide by these.