Is my therapist going to judge me?
Whether you've got an embarrassing addiction or you're having an affair, I am not going to judge you or deem you a bad person. Do not worry, no matter how bad you think your story is. My job is to help you come to your own conclusions about what's best for you. I will not criticize you for your mistakes or shame you for your past.
Do I have to talk about my childhood?
No. You don't have to talk about anything you don't want to. I may encourage you to address tough issues, but ultimately, you're in charge of the topics you discuss. If you're not comfortable with certain subjects or you don't want to answer some of the questions I asks, you aren't under any obligation to talk.
Is online therapy an option?
Yes. Online therapy is definitely an option. We can have our video sessions from your desktop or mobile device. It's a convenient alternative for those who are not able to travel.
How many sessions do I need?
This depends on the issues you're addressing and the type of treatment you're receiving. Some treatment, like cognitive behavioral therapy, is often short-term. You might find eight therapy sessions are enough to help you find relief. In other cases, therapy is more long-term. Someone who has a complex history of grief or trauma may attend therapy for several years. But we can discuss this on our phone consultation before the therapy journey begins.
What actually happens during therapy?
I will ask questions about your presenting concerns, as well as your history and background. Most likely, you'll find yourself talking about your current symptoms or struggles, as well saying a bit about your relationships, your interests, your strengths, and your goals. You might also share information about your day-to-day life, your emotions, or the way you think. I may also work on teaching you specific skills, like anger management, strategies or anxiety or reduction skills. Your treatment depends on your goals.
Will anyone know I see a therapist?
Your treatment is completely confidential, and I follow strict ethical codes and laws. I may only violate your confidentiality if there is a safety issue—as in the cases child abuse of or a serious threat to your or someone's life. If you have specific concerns such as you don't want your partner to know you're in treatment, or you're worried about running into someone you know in the waiting room, let’s talk about your concerns on the free consultation before therapy begins.
How do I know if I need to see a therapist?
There are many reasons you might want to see a therapist. Anything from difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping trouble, high- stress levels, relationship difficulties, high anxiety, depression, and trauma are just some of the reasons people commonly seek help. If there is something in your life interfering with your activities of daily living it may be best to seek therapy.