Do you counsel couples and families?
No, I only provide individual psychotherapy for adult women.
How can therapy help me?
Having a safe place to share whatever you need to
Finding unconditional acceptance for who you truly are
Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
Improving communication and listening skills
Discovering new ways to solve problems in your relationships
Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Do I really need therapy? I'm used to relying on myself.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it.
Why do people go to therapy? How do I know if it's right for me?
People have many different reasons for seeking therapy. Some may be going through a major life transition
(a death, unemployment, divorce, a new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance in managing a range of issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety, grief or depression.
How long does therapy take?
I frequently see clients for a few months, give or take. I don't adhere to the "one size fits all" approach to therapy---we will see what works best for you. To begin with, and often for the first few months, I meet clients once a week.
How long are the sessions?
My sessions are 45 minutes long, i.e. 1-1:45 PM. Sometimes I can provide extended sessions. For cash pay clients, the fee would be prorated by the hour, and for clients with insurance, extended sessions must be pre-approved by their carrier and sometimes require a letter from their primary physician to show medical necessity.
What is therapy like?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it's usually once a week for several weeks if you are dealing with the effects of severe anxiety, panic, depression, grief, etc.
What about medication versus therapy?
Again, this depends on the individual.
In most instances, the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases, a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.