My goal as a psychotherapist is to create a safe, confidential environment where clients successfully:
- Get relief from painful emotional symptoms including depression and anxiety
- Prevent the past from interfering with the present
- Understand thoughts, feelings and behaviors that don’t make sense
- Change lifelong coping patterns that aren’t working
- Stop self-destructive behaviors
- Create healthier, more satisfying relationships
- Unlock creative potential
- Become more productive at work and in life
How long and how many times a week is a typical session?
Sessions are usually 45 minutes. Most clients are seen once or twice a week in the beginning, then, as time goes on, less frequently. The number of sessions depends on what your current needs are.
How long will I be in counseling?
The length of time a client is in counseling depends the nature of the problem and the goals of the counseling. Some clients have a very specific problem that can be worked through in a set course of counseling. For others, counseling is an on-going learning process and they choose to receive counseling for a longer period.
What if I want couples counseling, but my partner won’t come?
Unfortunately, sometimes one partner is not as willing as the other to come in for counseling. However, it is often possible to improve the relationship with just one person involved in counseling.
Do I need to take medications?
As a psychotherapist, I am not legally allowed to prescribe medications. However, based on a joint assessment of problems you are facing, it may be advisable to consult with a psychiatrist to determine whether medication is warranted. Typically, clients see someone under their health insurance coverage or I can refer you to a psychiatrist.