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Common Questions

Should I receive counseling?

    • If you find yourself feeling hopeless, overwhelmed, sad, or anxious for a prolonged period of time, and you do not seem to be getting better, then you may want to pursue therapy.
    • If you are not able to function in work, school, or in your relationships on an every-day basis like you have in the past, then counseling may be helpful.
    • If you notice that some of your behaviors are hurting others, for example by often loosing your temper or drinking too much alcohol, then treatment may be a good idea.

How can therapy help me?

    • We can develop patterns of coping, thinking, and relating to others which may have worked for us in the past, but which place us at risk for developing mental distress in the present. This risk may be increased by difficult situational stressors, such as chronic family conflict or job loss, but also can be positively counteracted by an individual’s particular strengths and resilience.
    • Once we have developed a comfortable and safe relationship in therapy, we can work together to gain awareness of these patterns and set goals for change. My role is to compassionately support, coach, and sometimes challenge you as you strive towards your inherent capacity for growth. Additionally, progress in therapy usually occurs when both the therapist and client are actively involved. Having a collaborative relationship can help you feel empowered in your recovery and progress.
    • If your primary issue is dealing with a stressful situation, I can help you develop adaptive coping strategies to help you manage. Stress reduction techniques can be vital in regaining equilibrium.

What is your approach to counseling?

    • My collaborative strength-based approach incorporates elements from cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, experiential, and mindfulness perspectives.The foundation of my counseling approach is in a strong therapeutic relationship. When in a safe and warm environment, it can be easier to explore and make changes in your life. With this is in mind, I integrate the art and science of psychological treatment, and tailor treatment specifically to you. Every person is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all counseling method. I consider your needs, strengths, and values, and collaborate with you to help you realize your goals.

How long does therapy take?

    • It depends on the nature of your concerns and how long they have been bothering you. For some, a few sessions may suffice. However, there is ample research showing that most individuals experience the most benefits when they have attended approximately 6 to 26 therapy sessions.

How often do I go to therapy?

    • This is up to you. The frequency of your treatment depends on your concerns and how quickly you would like to progress. Typically clients begin counseling on a weekly basis. However, some find that every other week appointments better fit their goals and schedule. Some individuals in crisis have requested twice weekly sessions, which may be available.