Therapy process

Initially, we will identify your goals and determine together a course of action to resolve and heal your areas of concern. In order to maximize our first session, please print out the intake packet and complete it before you come. If this is not possible, make arrangements with me to come 20 minutes early in order to complete your intake packet. I am a directive therapist, so although I listen intently, I do begin our work the minute you walk in the door. The first session involves taking in pertinent information regarding your history, current life status and presenting issues. Gathering this information is important to the success of your therapy. Because of the time needed to listen to your presenting problems and gather information I require the first session to be a session and a half (75-80 minutes). This allows us time to weave work into the information giving process. History taking can evoke some distress which I want time to attend to as well as teach ways to manage difficult feelings until our next session. Longer sessions make deeper work possible in general. Because of the advantages, my clients typically continue their therapy with a session and a half.

The process of healing involves challenges, joy, breakthroughs, sadness, insights and other experiences. Therapy is an unfolding discovery of finding truth. This leads to freedom and a new perspective on your life.  Therapy often leads to better relationships, new tools for dealing with people, a greater sense of self worth and emotional stability, solutions to specific problems, significant reduction in distressing feelings, clearer thinking, more energy, and improved health.  These benefits are common but not guaranteed.

Your therapy will be most beneficial if you are an active participant, follow through with homework and take responsibility for moving forward. I can assure you I will give you the highest standard of care I possibly can but for maximum benefit from your sessions, come prepared, do homework, and try the new skills we discuss.