Therapy FAQ

FAQ about Therapy and my services:

Many people have questions when they begin therapy. I hope the information below helps you get the most out of our time together.

Is therapy right for me?

Therapy can be helpful for individuals (including children) seeking the most out of their lives, managing stressful situations or dealing with problems and trauma. Therapy leads one to create greater self-awareness, develop perspective and work toward desired changes. Clients come to therapy to deal with long-standing psychological issues, problems with anxiety or depression and social issues triggered by unexpected changes in one’s life. Working together with a therapist, clients gain insight, support, and new strategies to manage life challenges. Therapy can help individuals manage many challenges including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, parenting and general life transitions.

Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.

Therapy is especially helpful for those wanting to take responsibility for their problems and find the most effective solution possible. In life we all encounter challenging situations.  Seeking out support can be a critical step in finding your solution. I can teach you tools to resolve the past and relieve the effects of traumatic events.  You will learn how to avoid triggers, eliminate damaging behavior patters and achieve your desired outcome.

Life brings challenging situations. Therapy is seeking  support, asking for and receiving a helping hand and learning to navigate through your life decisions. Participating in therapy is resolving problems and learning different ways to cope.  Therapy can lead you to happiness!

How can therapy help me?

Counselors help you learn to manage and develop insight into interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the routine of daily life. Tools you develop include:

Resolve trauma of the past
Improve self-esteem and self-confidence
Better understand of yourself, your goals, and your values
Manage anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
Examine behavior patterns and replacing problematic ones
Resolve problems in your family or marriage
Refine skills for improving your relationships
Effectively cope with stress and anxiety
Improve communication and listening skills
Improve social skills
Develop resiliency to assist you in overcoming your challenges

What is therapy like?

Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual’s specific goals. We discuss your concerns in life in sessions that are typically scheduled in a series of weekly appointments with each session lasting 50 minutes. Therapy can be short term and focus on a specific issue, or long term to address more complex issues and foster ongoing personal growth. In each session you can expect compassion, respect and understanding. We can use EMDR to assist you in the process of resolving the past and reshaping the future.  We will work to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings to ultimately develop a strategy for enacting positive change in your life. To assist you in processing what we discuss in our sessions and integrate it into your life I occasionally may ask you to take actions outside of the office. You might like to do some light reading or track certain behaviors. I do this because therapy is most effective when the participants are actively working to accomplish their goals.

Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:

Compassion, respect and understanding
Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
Real strategies for enacting positive change
Effective and proven techniques including EMDR

What is Co-parenting Therapy?

Co-parenting therapy is working with both parents, at first individually and then together to put the past behind, focus on what is best for their children, and create a plan to allow for future decisions.

What is Reunification Therapy?

Reunification therapy works by relieving the disappointments and trauma of the past and giving the participants a way to build a solid relationship.  Trust of the hallmark of this effort.  EMDR is integral in guiding participants to a future plan.

Is medication a substitute for therapy?

You can determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs with your doctor.  Sometimes, long term relief from mental and emotional problems sometimes requires a combination of therapy and medication.  However, research supports the efficacy of EMDR in reducing depression without medication. The client, working with his or her medical doctor and therapist can determine the best course of treatment for individual needs. Long-term relief for mental and emotional problems and the resulting pain are not solved by medication alone. Through therapy, the cause of distress and related symptoms can be addressed by insight and gaining ways of coping.

Is therapy confidential?

Communication between a client and psychotherapist is protected by law. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.  Additionally, the rights of a child are protected by law.  More information is available at the time of your session.

I am a mandated reporter in the case of suspected child abuse, dependent adult or elder abuse, and a client threatening serious bodily harm to another person.

In any of these cases, I am required by law to immediately report the situation to the appropriate authority.

If a client intends to harm him or herself, I will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety and utilize the appropriate support services.