My Approach to Helping
I value every person who takes the time to work with me. It takes some guts to face the things you're struggling with. I'm here to help. I will listen to you and take you seriously, and our work will be evidenced-based and effective. I will help identify possible solutions and strategies to manage and overcome the struggles you're facing. If you're ready, I'm ready. Contact me to schedule a session today.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
I really get many people asking me about what therapy can do for them. Even if you don't think you're "ill" or have a problem, sometimes going through harder times than usual is stressful enough. Therapy isn't about judging you, or talking about repressed pasts, or making you cry. It's about finding real solutions to hard things you are facing. It's about finding purpose and direction and making moves toward improvement. Many times, I get people in my office who are completely surprised at how effective just saying out loud what has been kept private, or in your head, can be at gaining perspective. The act of voicing your inner thoughts and personal struggles to another human being, in confidence, can be a powerful thing. If you're on the fence about going to therapy, I would encourage you to take the opportunity to go. It may just be one of the best decisions you've ever made.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
One of the main questions I get asked by potential clients is "how long do I have to be in therapy?" The therapists' standard response is "that's up to you", which is true, but a bit vague. Most of the people I work with will attend sessions until they believe that either the problem they came to me for has resolved, or they feel equipped to handle things on their own with the tools I've helped them with and insight they've found through the therapeutic process. Sometimes that looks like a few weeks of sessions. Sometimes it's several months. I'm not a believer that someone needs to be in therapy for the rest of their life, despite what popular media chooses to show. I am there, as a therapist, to help you achieve a goal that you and I set out together. Once that's done, we re-evaluate and see if continued work is something you want to pursue or not. Maybe it is, but at a once a month check-in frequency. That's ok. I think that therapy should work for you, not against you and that you should have control over just how much help you want to, or need to, access.