How do I know I need professional help?
You may have attempted to cope with the problem yourself and may have even discussed it with family, friends or peers. Sometimes just talking it out with a sympathetic listener helps. But you know you need professional help when nothing has worked, when you feel depressed, anxious or agitated, when you are unable to carry out your obligations.
What Should I Expect
Expect to be treated with respect and without judgment in an environment that is warm, safe and comfortable. Expect us to engage with you — this is interactive psychotherapy. But you're in charge of what we talk about.
Our first appointment
We will sit down together and talk about what you want. We'll clarify what's needed. You'll go over at least some of your history and background. Our expectation is that you will leave with a sense of where we're going, understanding of what our first steps will be, and very likely with useful things to begin to do as well. Our goal is that you will leave our first session feeling understood, hopeful and empowered.
After the first appointment
Together we will decide what goals you want to work towards and figure out a plan as to how we will reach them. We sometimes give homework assignments because the likelihood of reaching your goals is much higher if your working towards them in between your sessions instead of just during your sessions.
You may come once a week, once every other week, or once a month depending on the severity of symptoms and schedule availability. Sessions last between 45 to 60 minutes each.
How Long Will it Take
That could be anywhere from one session to many sessions. It depends on many factors which include, how much you want to have happen, how long the issues have been present, how much time you feel able to give to the process in between our sessions. Client motivation is one of the best predictors of success in psychotherapy, so if you're ready for change, we're halfway there.
Part of the process is ongoing evaluation of where we are, how far we've come, and where we can still go.