During each session I work to create a supportive, calming and creative space for you talk openly. A soft place to feel heard and understood.
My goal is to help you feel better!
You don’t need to do this alone...
How does counseling work?
There are three questions I am most interested in:
- What brings you to counseling at this point in time?
- What do you think may happen if things don’t change or you don’t get the support or help you need?
- What do you see getting better in your life as a result of a successful therapy experience?
My goal is for you to leave the initial counseling session feeling understood with a sense of hope and direction.
What else happens in therapy?
We’ll talk about your situation. I want to hear your story. I’ll listen to your history and current challenges. We’ll collaborate to help you reach your goals.
As a seasoned therapist who is committed to providing the best counseling and coaching I can offer, I still see you as the expert on your life.
So while I may ride along with you in the car for awhile and share my road map; you are in the driver’s seat.
Any decisions or willingness to follow suggestions, that’s your call. I respect your ability to make choices.
I’m here to help you sort it out so you can be in a better place moving forward.
How often and how long will we meet for counseling?
Consistency brings the best results.
Most counseling clients come weekly. It’s best to schedule a set time each week. Committing to and prioritizing that time is ideal and equates to a better outcome.
Occasionally, people attend therapy more often and may come twice a week for a period of time. Others may have longer less frequent sessions. (see below) Many reduce counseling frequency once things improve and attend every other week then monthly to maintain gains.
Regular therapy sessions are about 55 minutes. Longer sessions are available
Most of my therapy practice is in person, however, I offer personal coaching and counseling on-line or via telephone when appropriate.
What if my schedule is chaotic?
Some people have responsibilities that require flexibility in scheduling their counseling sessions. Although it’s best to schedule a set time, I can sometimes accommodate such needs so long as we can find alternative times. We can do an occasional phone or on-line counseling session a confidential platform, if indicated, and appropriate to your needs.
Longer sessions are an option for those looking to get a jump start on the counseling process or if there’s a need for more intensive work for a period of time.
Extended sessions are helpful for busy clients with schedules or travel obligations that don’t allow for weekly counseling sessions to occur.
What is the duration of therapy?
It depends. About half of my clients come for just a few months or for several months for support through a difficult time, to focus on a specific concern, or until they feel they are bouncing back or forward.
A few attend counseling for a handful of sessions and feel they have benefited enough to complete or pause the therapy process. A Tune Up.
This is considered shorter term counseling. I am happy to work on a short term basis when it’s appropriate.
Others benefit from longer term counseling. They may have long standing issues, childhood experiences that are interfering with their lives, or on-going stressors or changes in their career, relationships, health, recovery, or families. These issues often require a longer period of support, usually for about a year or so.
Some clients may attend counseling for a few years as they continue to benefit from on-going or intermittent counseling.
Others use therapy for a period of time, take a break, and return when they are ready, something comes up, they need to do more work or for a few booster sessions.
There are lots of options and flexibility depending on what works best for you. While I love to see people commit to the process, I trust clients to make their decisions about length of time in counseling, hopefully with my input.
My desire is to make this process as comfortable and easy as possible. To provide a non-judgmental space where you can open up, unburden and express yourself fully. Together, we look at options and form a flexible road map for us to follow in order to get you feeling better as soon as possible .