I have never been to therapy before, what should I expect?
Therapy has come a long way from the "laying on the sofa talking about your childhood, for years”. Therapy is flexible; much of the pace is based on your personal level of comfort. The therapeutic process during the first and second session is catered to understanding your concerns, goals, and history. It often times is very relaxed, focus being on building the therapeutic alliance/trust. Past those sessions we will work together to find solutions that are reasonable as well as achievable. These goals will help me to understand the path you wish to take and how I can aid you in accomplishing the goals you set. All together these steps vary from individual to individual. Ultimately they help you to live the meaningful life you wish to live.
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How will I know it is working?
The therapeutic process takes time. It cannot be rushed. The results that you see vary depending on the effort you put forth; accountability is key. What each individual sees as progress is different. You often will know therapy is working when you start to feel better overall. Common things that are reported are: self-esteem increases, boost of confidence, decreased anxiety, ability to manage stress, not as triggered by stimulus, cope easier with overwhelming events, improved communication, stronger boundaries, reduction in anger/outburst, healthier supports etc.
Will I have to talk about uncomfortable things/emotions?
Yes and no. Yes, if you wish to get the full benefits of therapy. At no point in time will you ever feel forced to discuss things that you’re uncomfortable with or do not wish to share. Therapy is a safe place; in order for it to remain that way you must always feel the right to express any feelings, thoughts, or concerns you are having within your own time frame. You have the right to take the time you need in the process and not feel pressured to disclose too much too soon. A therapist may give advice or suggestions to help aid in the process but whether you choose to accept those suggestions is your right.
Is what I say protected in the office?
Yes and no. Your information is protected unless you report child/elder abuse, if you state you have homicidal intent, or become suicidal and need immediate assistance. Other scenarios may apply based on individual practice; this all is discussed during intake session. All information disclosed outside of those circumstances must be verbally communicated with a documented consent form.