What is therapy?
Therapy is a collaborative healing process, wherein we work together to help decrease your emotional discomfort and increase the quality of your life. I will help you explore, gain insight and find healthy ways to cope with stressors in your life. I believe that progress and healing come from within you and I am here to help guide the way. The first few sessions will involve gathering information on your current struggles, your history and what your hopes are for therapy. We will then, together, develop a treatment plan that will help to identify goals for therapy as well as how we will work toward helping you accomplish them. Sometimes people have trouble identifying what their goals are and that is okay too. I am here to collaborate with you and help you gain that clarity.
What will therapy look like?
I believe that every person’s needs are unique. The idea of “one size fits all” does not apply to therapy. Our work will be tailored to the issues that you are struggling with as well as your preferences for treatment. I am trained and often use approaches based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Internal Family Systems (IFS). It is normal to meet weekly in the beginning of your treatment and then begin to reduce how often we meet once your healing journey is on its way.
When will I feel better?
The simple answer is that my goal is to help you begin to feel relief very soon. This being said, there is no cookie-cutter answer because we are all unique individuals with different needs. Your participation in working on issues, both in and outside of session, will play a role in how quickly you begin to feel better. Part of your role in therapy will be deciding what to discuss and work on. It is important to know that while therapy is a wonderful tool to improve emotional health, it also can be challenging at times. We may talk about things that you have become really good at not talking about. My approach is one that will always come from a place of care and respect.