- What is therapy?
People come to counseling for a variety of reasons. You may be experiencing problems in daily living, symptoms of anxiety, depression or loss, difficulty in navigating life transitions, or a yearning for how to live a more joyful, meaningful life. Many people seek help because they are in a crisis. Therapy may be about removing obstacles. It may be about developing the capacity for self-acceptance, self-expression, and a sense of agency. For some, it may be a deep psychological inquiry or a search for purpose. For others it will be about solving a specific problem, resolving a crisis, or healing a painful wound.
- How long will it last? The number of sessions is an individual decision. Some people want to do brief work, and others are interested in long-term work.
- How will I know when to end?
That’s a question that I will ask you at the beginning of our work together! This is an important consideration in helping you clarify your goals. How will you know when the therapy has been successful? Typically you will end when your goals for the work have been met.
- How long is each session?
Sessions for adults are 50 minutes. Sessions for children are 45 minutes.
- Do I have to lie down on a couch?
No, but I have a couch in my office and you can lie down if you want. This image pertains to traditional psychoanalytic therapy to encourage free association.
- Do you just sit there and say “uh-huh?”
No, I am an active participant in the work. You can expect a lot of back and forth conversation.
- What do I say to my significant other, friends or family who look down on therapy and think I should be able to work things out on my own or just tough it out?
It can be very difficult to begin the process when you are experiencing a stigma around getting help. I consider this work to be the ultimate in self care and part of your overall health. You might say something like, “I’ve had a lot of time to try to figure things out on my own or by talking to my friends, and it hasn’t helped enough. I need to get professional help.”