FAQs

 

I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

Not at all. Therapy is not about being broken or weak. Life can be incredibly difficult. Every life requires support in order to really thrive. As Mister Roger’s said, “There is no normal life that is free of pain. It is the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth.”

Investing in your optimal functioning among all dimensions of life is like investing in the real estate you know you will inhabit for a lifetime.

Many people who come to therapy have sought relief from a variety of other sources, none of which have worked long term. Simply trying to think differently, act differently or cope with the pain is often ineffective.

Everyone needs to strengthen their foundation now and then, and good therapy works beyond the capacity of self-help measures to do just that. Psychotherapy not only works to change behavior, but the fundamental experience of yourself and your relationships.

What can therapy do for my child or teen?

By reaching out to a professional, you are giving your child or teen an advantage in life. Getting to the root of issues that could snowball later on and providing kids and teens with opportunities to heal can improve their ability to communicate, get along with others, regulate their emotions, improve their behavior, establish a sense of self and recognize their own gifts and talents. I am here to help make sense of your child or teen’s behavior, strengthen the relationship between you, and provide guidance to help your child or teen thrive.

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How does therapy for a young child work?

Play, art, music, a sand tray and movement are used in sessions with young children. What children cannot (or do not) say, they demonstrate in their actions or behaviors. These mediums help children express themselves, externalize their internal world in a safe way and learn new ways to cope.  Ultimately, the goal is to build a closer and healthier connection with your child so you both feel empowered to effectively navigate and repair obstacles as they arise. Together we discover what is bothering a child and how to communicate it to you, the parent. I can also provide you with relevant and practical parenting resources/strategies.

What about medication?

Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing in order to expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.

How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, the process will vary depending on the individual. For parent-child relationship problems this will be determined by individual needs as well as dynamics presenting within the relationship. Here is more information on what to expect at your first visit.

How long will it take?

Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place. I invite every client into a collaborative discussion about treatment goals, planning, session frequency and duration. Sometimes, people will complete an “episode of care” and return periodically for further exploration and support in dealing with life’s ongoing challenges.

I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.

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