What can I expect in therapy?
In the first session I will initially explain confidentiality, fees, and other “housekeeping” issues, as well as any questions you may have about the structure of therapy.
Next, it is important to explore what’s most important to you. I wonder about what brings you to therapy at this time? How would you like to see your life differently?
I will facilitate by asking questions about your present and past. Because I approach treatment from a holistic perspective I am curious about many aspects of your life, such as factors that contribute to or erode psychological, physical, social, and spiritual health. Seeing the “forest through the trees,” or being able to gain a broad perspective will help me understand what may be most helpful in our work together.
You will notice I make observations throughout session and ask insightful questions. I may make predictions or interpretations. I will ask your thoughts and feelings about all sorts of things. Occasionally, I will ask your feedback about our work together so I can best meet your needs. I will teach skills and provide specific instructions as needed. I frequently make recommendations about things to do or ideas to consider between sessions.
You will find I am kind, calm, reliable, have healthy boundaries, and I am able to hold people in their pain as well as share in their delight. My goal is to help you meet your goals, and leave therapy when you feel ready.