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Common Questions

Is therapy right for me?

If you're in distress, that first phone call to a therapist can be scary. I believe it's a courageous choice--a step towad taking responsibility for your healing. Whether you're stuck in long-standing challenges (anxiety, depression, trauma, distress with food and body, relationship ruts) or struggling with life transitions (launching, parenthood, divorce, work changes, loss of any kind), I can offer crucial support and new strategies to help you navigate the rough waters.

If you're feeling satisfied about your life and relationships but want to take things to the next level, a decision to pursue therapy can be an exciting commitment to yourself as you seek your highest potential.  

If you're ready to step into your power and make lasting change in your life, therapy is right for you.

What can I expect in a therapy session? 

I may offer you a cup of coffee or tea, invite you to put your feet up...and we'll talk. 
In the first few sessions, I'll ask about your challenges and strengths, learn about your history, and offer a road map for our work together. In most cases, we will schedule weekly sessions. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue,  or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. Depending on your needs, I may offer feedback, teach you new strategies, or suggest reading and homework. I may offer speicalized treatments such as EMDR, or recommend adding other professionals (e.g. a physician or nutrition therapist) to your treatment team.

Because you're  the most important member of your team, I will invite you to be an active participant in your own process. I'll ask you to think about our work and int
egrate it into your life between sessions. When we meet again, we'll celebrate your progress and explore the challenges that remain. 

I understand psychotherapy is a major commitment of time and money, so I will check in regularly about your progress and how you feel our work is going; b
ased on your feedback, I will make adjustments as needed.  

What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?

Sometimes, just having someone there to listen is helpful. Psychotherapy can offer that and much more, including:
  • Relief from anxiety, including post-traumatic stress 
  • A relaxed and comfortable relationship with food and body
  • Harmony in troubled relationshiops
  • Insight into destructive patterns and practical strategies for change
  • Greater confidence, balance and well-being
  • New ideas to manage anger, depression and moods
  • A compass for navigating life’s obstacles


Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.

 


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