Can therapy help me?
While therapy is not a one-stop cure, scientific studies have shown that therapy benefits most people in most situations. Benefits may include gaining a better understanding of yourself and your values and developing skills for improving your relationships. You may also learn about and address underlying causes of specific problems such as depression and anxiety. You may acquire new tools to help you get through difficult situations and feelings. Therapy can also help you identify and work toward your goals.
How often do we meet?
I see most clients once a week for 50 minutes. However, appointments can be made more or less frequently, depending on the presenting issues and the client’s need.
How do I know if therapy is working?
Growth and change are difficult for everyone, and you won’t be a new person overnight. Look for long-term patterns in growth and change. For example, you may notice an improvement in your overall mood. You may start feeling more connected to family and friends. Or you could notice you’re not stressed by an unexpected event that might have overwhelmed you in the past. Evaluating your progress will be an ongoing part of therapy.
How long does therapy last?
Everyone’s treatment is different. You may have complicated issues, or a relatively straightforward problem that you want to address. Usually, therapy is a process that takes time. Some people may feel worse before they feel better because painful memories, feelings or frustrations may surface. To create lasting change, we usually have to work through old patterns to create new, healthier ways of dealing with life.