Safety Policy during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Before entering the building please wear a mask.
Instead of using our waiting room, please wait in your vehicle (or outside if the weather is pleasant). Enter the building as close to your exact appointment time as realistically possible. We will adhere to social distancing while in session.
If you prefer meeting online select the option for “Telehealth”.
My colleagues and I are taking extra precautions to regularly sanitize high traffic areas.
First Session for Couple Therapy Appointments
Typically both partners attend the first session together, unless there is an extenuating circumstance preventing the other partner/spouse from participating. The second and third appointments will likely be individual sessions for each partner. Afterward both partners will attend future sessions together.
Online Intake: Creating your Client Profile
For ethical and legal reasons after your Intake appointment request is accepted you will be required to create your own client profile. Therefore, whichever partner is requesting the first appointment just use your own information. Your partner will have the opportunity to setup their own profile when they request their individual appointment after the initial intake.
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then.You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, and for whatever reason, they aren’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different needs and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific challenges.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
Your consistent dedication will likely help you get the most out of our sessions together. Depending on your current needs bi-weekly sessions may be necessary, but weekly is typically sufficient. The reflection and time you invest outside of session will only help you achieve the growth and development you’re needing.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I might recommend couples therapy to start. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could continue with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential conflicts of interest and/or therapeutic alliances.