A therapist whose only interest is to assist you with improving your emotional wellbeing, gives you the safety to let down your guard, and fully explore and heal the pain that is interfering with your emotional health and relationships. A relationship with your therapist is different from a friendship. I describe the therapeutic relationship as [...]
I’m uncomfortable opening up to someone I don’t know. Do I have to share everything, even if it’s uncomfortable?
No you don’t. At the beginning of therapy, it can be very difficult to share personal experiences with a stranger. There’s a reason why we don’t talk about painful emotions and experiences with just anybody. You may have experienced sharing something personal with someone and then regretted having shared that information. It’s imperative that you [...]
Your confidentiality is of utmost importance. How can you feel safe if you think what is being discussed in therapy is not confidential? There are a few legal issues that, if they arise, a therapist must break confidentiality for. I discuss that with each client in our first therapy session. Otherwise, you can be assured [...]
I usually suggest beginning therapy on a weekly basis so that we can start off forming a trusting relationship, getting to the heart of what you want to work on, and making some progress in a positive direction. This all takes some time and weekly sessions help get the ball rolling, so to speak. Moving [...]
That question is different for each person, couple, or family. You know yourself better than I do. You will know how much, how deep, how long you want to go. As I work with people, I will have a clinical judgment of whether there is more or less work to be done in therapy, but [...]
I hope so! I believe a therapist can only help their clients heal as much as they have healed themselves. I cannot expect my clients to go to places in therapy where I have not gone; to try therapeutic experiences that I have not tried (as a client myself); to heal emotionally if I am [...]
I am considered an out-of-network mental health provider and I am not on insurance panels. What that means is you will pay for therapy at the time of service. If you have a PPO insurance plan, I can provide you with a receipt (called a super bill) that you may submit to your insurance provider. [...]