Frequently Asked Questions
Counseling (psychotherapy or talk therapy), is a personal conversation between a client & therapist that can help eliminate or control troubling symptoms so a person can function better and can increase their emotional well-being. Therapy aims to facilitate change in efforts to improve the client’s quality of life. Counseling is flexible and focuses on your specific needs and desires; it is encouraged that the client trust the process, be consistent, and focus on progress instead of perfection. Take action now for a free 10-minute consultation.
During the initial appointment, we will establish rapport, review your intake documents, discuss the presenting concerns/your reason for seeking therapy, and how I can help.
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change, and create greater awareness in their lives.
The reasons people choose to see a therapist vary. Therapy can be beneficial for a wide range of issues or to maintain a level of peace. Some people need help getting through a specific life event. Some want a confidential, unbiased perspective on an issue they are struggling with. Honestly, anyone can reap benefits from seeing a therapist. Regardless of what brings you to therapy, it can be an opportunity to grow, learn, and heal.
Therapy provides a confidential, supportive atmosphere in which to reflect on various issues. The emotional connection that a client makes with a therapist oftentimes has a greater impact on the success of the therapeutic process than the type of therapist chosen.
Even though we always strive to provide an atmosphere of safety and trust for clients, psychotherapy can have potential risks. Since psychotherapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, and/or shame. The changes you make in therapy may also affect your relationships in unexpected ways. Psychotherapy has also been shown to have many benefits. Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress. But there are no guarantees of what you will experience or the effectiveness -you get out what you put in.
Therapists abide by current codes of professional ethics, as well as by state and federal laws protecting your Protected Health Information. With the exceptions noted below, or as required by law, no information about your contact with your therapist is available to anyone without your written permission.
Some exceptions to Confidentiality:
- If it is deemed necessary in order to protect you or someone else from physical harm
- If you provide information indicating abuse of a member of a special population, we are legally required to notify proper authorities
- In the event of a psychiatric hospitalization
- In the event of a court order
Coaching is great at helping you interpret your dreams & ideas and organize them into tangible goals. The assistance of a professional coach can help you learn & master important tools and strategies for clarifying, planning and organization. Coaches motivate you to overcome your fears and hold you accountable to meeting set goals.
Benefits of coaching: defining your purpose, get an actionable plan, have fulfilling relationships, improve your overall health, change your life.
The objectives and techniques used in session are different. Unlike therapy, life coaching does not focus on emotions and processing them, but on creating plans of action and creating attainable goals.
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