My Approach to Helping
I appreciate the emotional risk that people take when they enter into therapy. I attempt to meet people where they are in their personal journeys and to tailor my approach to what I think will be most effective. I believe that everyone has strengths - and tools - that have helped them navigate their lives so far. What frequently occurs is that those tools no longer work and may be quite dysfunctional. The point of therapy is to gain some understanding and insight and to identify new tools that are healthier. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with people to make lasting changes that affect the ability to live a fuller, happier life.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
I am frequently asked by first-time therapy seekers how frequently they should attend therapy and how long will it take them to achieve changes. The answer is - I don't know. I think that weekly therapy sessions help to create and sustain change, but people have their own circumstance with regard to schedule and the ability to pay. That being said, I will occasionally schedule with people every other week, but not with any longer breaks.
The duration of therapy is dependent on the client. I have no way of knowing upfront what will happy during our sessions and what interventions will be most effective. Usually, clients will eventually acknowledge that they are happy with the changes they have experienced and are ready to be done. Sometimes, folks will choose to go from their current frequency of appointments to having a longer interval between appointments. This provides continuing feelings of support - and the opportunity for some accountability.