why do people seek therapy?
Therapy can serve many purposes. Therapists support their clients while helping them learn new skills to improve their daily life. In therapy one can recognize and change deeply ingrained thoughts and behaviors which impact self-esteem. Negative thoughts, patterns, and behaviors keep a person from living their best life. The individual will learn to cope, communicate, relieve symptoms, and improve quality of life.
is there something wrong with me if i seek therapy?
I hear this a lot. People who seek therapy demonstrate enormous strength. You are not weak for seeking therapy. You don’t need to handle the burden of your fears on your own. If you need glasses, you would visit an eye doctor. If your arm were broken you would wear a cast. Working with a therapist to improve your emotional well-being and mental health is no different. You should always be your first priority.
what can i expect from my first session?
Therapy is not just discussing pain from the past, but also learning tools to change the present and future. In session we will engage in goal-setting and therapeutic exercises geared towards helping you change your life to achieve balance, clarity, and happiness.
I create a safe, warm, and judgement-free environment. During our initial session, I will listen and help you unravel what you are experiencing. We will create an individualized plan based on your needs, hopes, and goals. As one of my mentors always said, “I am here to help you with your worries.” In choosing to seek therapeutic help, you have already taken the first step towards growth.
how often will we meet, and for how long?
Typically I meet with clients once per week. However, if desired and clinically appropriate, we may decide to meet twice per week. Usually, an individual appointment is 50-60 minutes; a longer session is sometimes helpful when working with couples or families.
how do i KNow if i have found the right therapist?
Most people cannot know for sure if they have found their ideal therapist until they meet in person. This is a personal decision, because the course of the work between client and therapist is only as effective as the relationship itself. Ask questions of the therapist and rely on your own intuition in determining if you feel the practitioner understands you, makes you feel safe and heard, and if you believe they will be able to help you. You are welcome to call me to set up a complementary and confidential consultation.
what kinds of clients do you work with?
I work with individuals and couples from diverse backgrounds (different ethnicities, races, professions, ages, sexual orientations, gender expressions, family backgrounds, religions, and general lifestyles).
My areas of expertise are working with adolescents, young adults, and adults struggling with self-esteem and self-image, anxiety and depression, romantic, platonic, family relationships, eating disorders, auto-immune disorders, chronic pain, work- or- school life balance, life transitions, and more.
How do i know if therapy is “working?”
The therapeutic process is unique to each person. Sometimes you will leave session feeling like an enormous weight has been lifted. Other times you may leave feeling emotional or deep in thought. This is normal. Therapy is your journey, but I am along for the ride with you. You are the agent of your own life, but I will listen attentively, ask questions, and help you know yourself better. Most people report therapy to be a very helpful process in self-exploration and feel that it aids in stress relief, coping, healing, and planning for the future.
What theoretical approaches do you use?
I utilize several effective, evidence-based therapeutic practices including, but not limited to, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused, client-centered, humanistic and mindfulness practice. I always practice from the strengths-based perspective, as all people, even those who are struggling, have strengths and resilience that will assist in their therapeutic work.
do you prescribe medication?
No, I do not. Only a medical doctor (e.g. psychiatrist or general practitioner) can prescribe medication. The decision to use medication is personal and should be discussed with a clinician.
how much does therapy cost?
Please call me at 203.293.8494 to discuss cost. You may be able to use your insurance as well.
is there a cancellation policy?
I require 24 hours notice to cancel an appointment, or a missed-session fee may be applicable.