How can therapy help me?
Therapy with me is helpful because I specifically work with you to make sure that whatever we're doing in session is helpful to you in life. I do NOT give advice, but rather work with you to figure out what path YOU want to take. I offer support, encouragement, communication skills, healthy coping techniques, and perhaps most importantly, a new way of thinking about things. Simply put, if you are feeling stuck, I can help get you unstuck. How helpful you find therapy depends on how well you use the process. After our work together, you might find that you have:
- A better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- New skills for improving your relationships
- A resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- New ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- New ways of managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improved communication and listening skills
- Changed old behavior patterns and developed new ones
- New ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- A greater ability to be self-compassionate, or compassionate towards others
What is a therapy session with you like?
Usually a first session is all about you sharing your background, why you've come to therapy, and your goals for our time together. In subsequent sessions, we'll talk about how things are currently going, if there's been any progress on your goals, and we may delve into personal history that affects your current situation. I focus on patterns of behavior, interactional cycles, and underlying feelings that may be driving these unhelpful patterns and cycles. I often give "homework" at the end of sessions, which is usually a new way of thinking of things, or a new behavior to try, or something to pay attention to. The more you participate (in and out of session), the more beneficial therapy will be. I typically meet with clients once a week, and this can go down to once every other week or once a month as we make progress. Therapy can be short-term or long-term depending on your goals.
Do you prescribe medication?
I do not prescribe medication, but I am happy to collaborate with your primary care doctor, psychiatrist, or other involved practitioners.