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FAQS

Do I need therapy?
Everyone goes through difficult challenges in life. While you may have been able to cope with the challenges you’ve encountered, it’s always a good idea to seek extra support when you need it. In fact, when you realize you need a helping hand, you’re taking responsibility admirably by facing the challenges you encounter in life. Therapy will give you long - term benefits and the tools you need to overcome whatever difficulties you encounter.
 
How can therapy help me?
There are many benefits to participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support and help you find relief for issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, stress, and relationship problems. Counseling is extremely valuable in managing personal growth, relationships, and the many challenges faced in daily life. By applying therapy techniques, therapists can provide different perspectives on complicated problems or even guide you to a solution.
 

What are the risks of therapy?

As we talk about uncomfortable feelings and issues, some of your symptoms may briefly become worse before they get better. This is actually a good sign because it means you are starting to pay attention to, and work through, feelings and situations you have previously “shoved under the rug.” Feelings can be uncomfortable and difficult to focus on or talk about.
 
What happens during therapy?
Therapy may be different depending on the goals for therapy and the needs of the person. Typically speaking, we will discuss the things that are currently happening in your life, things that happened in the past that are relevant to your issue, and review the gains we’ve had from the previous session. Ultimately, I want to help you bring what you’ve discovered during therapy back into your daily life.
 
Medication vs. Therapy
Medication cannot solve your mental and emotional problems alone. Therapy is needed in order to address the source of your distress and behavior patterns. Check with your medical doctor and see what’s the best treatment for you.
 
Will our conversations remain confidential?
Confidentiality is a key component of therapy. What you discuss in a session will not be shared with anyone else. By law, your therapist can’t release this information without your written consent, except in the following situations:
 
  • The therapist suspects there is past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults or elders.
  • The therapist suspects the client is in danger of harming themselves or has threated to harm another person.

 

What is Confidentiality?

According to the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics, counselors are required to protect the confidential information of prospective and current clients. Counselors disclose information only with appropriate consent or with sound legal or ethical justification. There are exceptions in which confidential information must be disclosed. For more information on exceptions to confidentiality, please see section B.2. of the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics.

 

What happens during a session?

The first session will be spent getting to know one another. I gather background information to help me assess your symptoms and situation and make sure that we are a good fit together and that I can help you work towards your goals. It can be difficult talking to someone new about personal stuff. That’s ok.

 

For children and adolescents: I require at least one parent present for the initial session.  The first part of the session, I will see the parent and child. If the parent and child are comfortable, then I will meet with child 1:1 to build rapport. At the end of the session I will invite the parent back in and review. For future sessions, I typically will meet with child or adolescent individually for part of the session, then will invite parents and family back towards the end of the session.

 

What is CBT?

CBT stands for cognitive behavioral therapy. The theory is that our thoughts, feelings and behaviors are all interconnected; and that if we can change our thoughts, then we can change our feelings and our choices. It brings awareness to your thoughts and helps you to recognizing unhelpful thinking styles, as well as changing or replacing those thoughts with positive ones.

 

What is Solution Focused Therapy?

This therapy style problem solves and implements a solution to a single problem or issue. It does not require delving into deeper issues.

 

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is being able to be fully aware (using all 5 of our sense) and invested in the present moment. Often times we are too busy planning our next move or distracting ourselves with many other things that we forget to pay attention to this moment only. It also means letting go of any judgements you may have about yourself and others.

 

What is Play Therapy?

Play is a powerful tool for children. It is a way for them to explore their thoughts, feelings, and current issues without having to talk about them. Play therapy uses games and other toys to help children through therapy. The Association for Play Therapy defines play therapy as "the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development."