Frequently Asked Questions
Is Therapy Right For Me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing issues, or issues with anxiety or depression. Other times, it might be in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many people decide to seek therapy as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.
What Can I Expect in the Beginning of Therapy?
It is completely normal to feel apprehensive before attending your first appointment. When you’re talking to someone new about personal issues, initial discomfort is to be expected. Please keep in mind that many people I have worked with have used the following words to describe me: “caring, kind, easy to talk to, open, and non-judgmental”.
In my experience, an essential ingredient to effective therapy is a person’s ability to feel fully accepted, heard and understood. My style is clinically flexible, meaning that I adjust therapy to meet the specific needs of each of my patients. I offer a confidential and safe atmosphere to comfortably express thoughts and opinions freely.
We will work together collaboratively to explore your past obstacles and unsuccessful patterns, while honing in on personal strengths and goals for therapy. In therapy, we will identify meaningful connections between your history and the present, which can open the door to deeper self-awareness, symptom relief, and lasting positive change.
Is Therapy Confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality between a patient and psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. In rare cases, treatment records can be requested by court order. Other exceptions include:
Suspected child abuse or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a patient is threatening serious bodily harm to another person or themselves. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
If a patient intends to harm himself or herself therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure safety.
What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?
Some of the benefits from therapy may include:
Developing new skills for handling stress and anxiety
Modifying unhealthy behavior and long-standing patterns
Attaining insight into personal patterns and behavior
Increasing confidence, peace, vitality, and well-being
Improving ways to manage anger, depression and moods
Discovering new ways to solve problems
Navigating life’s obstacles more effectively
Improving listening and communication skills
Enhancing the overall quality of life