Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve never been to therapy before. How will it help me?

A professional counselor can help you approach your situation in a new way, without judgment or expectations. I listen to your story so that you can listen more deeply to yourself. You will glean fresh insights about yourself and learn new ways to cope in therapy.

How do I know that your approach is right for me?

You are unique, and therapy is different for each individual. There is no “one size fits all” approach. I tailor our work together to meet your specific needs, and my style is warm and direct.

How long can I expect to be in therapy?

The length of time in therapy depends on your circumstances and your goals. Therapy can be short-term for a specific issue or longer-term to deal with more difficult patterns. Generally speaking, many clients find that regular weekly sessions are most helpful initially. We will work together to find the right balance for you.

How can I benefit most from therapy?

This is an important question to ask me and yourself as we work together. Honestly sharing your concerns helps our relationship grow and develops your authentic voice. In addition, you may find personal work outside of our time together to be helpful. Some of my clients like to express themselves through journaling or painting. Others enjoy physical movement like walking, gardening, or yoga. Still others prefer quiet contemplation using meditation or prayer. There are many ways to explore the themes and issues we address in session. To get the most out of therapy, it is great to have an open mind and a willingness to investigate!

What should I expect?

  • To be listened to with compassion and a deep respect for your privacy, your story, and your needs
  • To learn more about how to care for yourself
  • To be challenged while feeling safe and supported
  • To change old patterns of thinking and learn new ways of being
  • To develop greater self-awareness and connection to others
  • To improve your ability to regulate and manage emotions