What is therapy?
Therapy in its most basic form is simply a relationship between a counselor and client.
It’s a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. Therapy allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you improve those things that are important to you.
Counseling has both benefits and risks.
Risks may include, but are not limited to, uncomfortable feelings, such as sadness, guilt, anxiety, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness, because the process of counseling often requires discussing the unpleasant aspects of your life.
However, counseling has been shown to have wonderful benefits for individuals who undertake it. Therapy often leads to a significant reduction in feelings of distress, increased satisfaction in interpersonal relationships, greater personal awareness and insight, by increasing skills for managing stress and resolutions to specific problems.
How do I decide to start therapy?
The first 2-4 sessions will involve a comprehensive evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation, I will be able to offer you some initial impressions of what your work might include.
At that point, we will discuss your treatment goals and create an initial treatment plan. You should review this information and make your own assessment about whether you feel comfortable working with us. If you have any questions about our procedures and treatment plan, we should discuss them whenever they arise. If your doubts persist, we will be happy to help you set up a meeting with another mental health professional.