What is therapy?
Therapy is an investment in yourself and your quality of life.
Many people find that therapy is an effective tool for working through critical issues, life changes, or adjusting to an ever-changing world. You don’t have to go it alone, we are in this together to help you with:
• Living your best life
• Letting go of the effect of physical or emotional trauma
• Anxiety and vulnerability
• Healing from childhood abuse
• Sexuality and gender issues
• Relationships and families
• Self esteem
• Self-criticism and shame
• Times of change and transition
• Performance enhancement
• Personal growth
What types of therapy do you use?
We often use a blend of trauma informed therapeutic techniques depending on the individual client.
At the core of all my work is a simple premise that thoughts have a direct impact on how people live. What we think about ourselves, others, and the world around us affects our emotions and our relational interactions.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) continues to be one of the most effective therapies for exploring what is at the core of our belief systems and emotions. CBT is highly effective because it is a hands on, practical approach to problem solving, emphasizing teaching clients strategies for long-term well-being.
Do you work with children?
No. We work with clients age 13 – adulthood.
Will therapy be emotionally painful and messy?
“If I had 60 minutes to solve a problem, I’d spend 55 minutes defining it, and 5 minutes solving it.” – Albert Einstein
Therapy is about understanding experiences and identifying how those experiences affect how we see ourselves, and how we interact with the world around us. This often includes processing and letting go of deep traumas from our childhood and young adult lives.
This process can be accomplished by a number of techniques, and we can explore what will work best for you in your sessions. And yes, sometimes it hurts, but you won’t be doing this alone. We’re in this together.
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” -Albert Einstein
Some clients can rapidly identify the core of their concerns, and only need to gain a new perspective on how to handle it. Some concerns will let go on their own if we are able to see them from a different point of view. This can sometimes be accomplished in as few as one or two sessions. We will know what is best for you when we have a chance to talk.
What can I expect in my first session?
Our first session will focus on you and what you would like to get from therapy.
This is your opportunity to tell your story. We will also assess the impact your concerns are having on your life. I’ll want to know what you’ve tried in the past, what has worked and what hasn’t worked.
This is also your opportunity to discuss how you would like us to help you. Again, therapy is different for each client, and we want to be able to help you in a way that benefits you the most.
When should I seek therapy?
Often times, people will only seek therapy in moments of emotional crisis. Sometimes people will not reach out to therapists due to feelings of shame from feeling “broken,” or “crazy.”
However, therapy is a resource for everyone, and a fresh insight from a professional third-party can strengthen esteem, relationships, and overall well-being before harmful patterns of thoughts impact your life negatively.
How long will a session last?
Sessions will last 50 minutes.
How often will we meet?
The frequency of sessions will depend on the client and the situation.
We will discuss this in our first session to determine a schedule that is best for you. Generally, clients like to schedule sessions once a week.
How long will I need to be in therapy?
It depends on a number of factors. Someone working through deep childhood traumas will likely require more sessions than someone experiencing anxiety or a life transition.
Some clients find the benefits they seek after only a few sessions. Others engage in therapy on a long-term basis. It is also possible to take an extended break from therapy and return for a check-in or when facing new challenges.