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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I really need therapy?
If you find that you feel like you keep bumping into the same issues and you can’t seem to overcome them on your own, then therapy may be necessary. The process of therapy is designed to support you as you gain long-term, practical tools for working through life’s challenges. The intention is not that you will be in therapy forever. Sometimes we all just need some professional guidance to help us get unstuck.
What can I expect in the first session when I see a therapist?
The first session is where we spend time getting to know one another. I will be asking you questions about your personal history and reasons for seeking therapy. These questions are aimed at helping us gain clarity in identifying unhelpful habits and patterns, as well as your strengths. Before you leave the first session, you will have a sense of what we will be doing in therapy and how we will get there.
What should I look for in a therapist?
The short answer is CONNECTION. Research shows that the #1 factor in the success (or failure) of therapy is the quality of the relationship between the counselor and the client. You should feel like the therapist is someone you feel safe with and is someone you can trust. You should also get a strong sense that you could work well with this person, even if things get tough.
How do I know if I will benefit from counseling?
While there are no guarantees that therapy will solve all your problems, there are some ways to be sure that you are getting the most out of it. First, you must show up fully and be committed. Second, you must be willing to experience some discomfort at times. Learning to work through it in a productive manner is one of the best gifts of therapy. Finally, be open to enjoying the process. Therapy doesn’t have to be a downer. Many of my clients report that they look forward to our sessions each week.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness, in it’s most simple form, is bringing your awareness to the present moment. It’s paying attention fully to sensations, thoughts, feelings or your environment. Mindfulness is a tool for overcoming feelings of overwhelm and managing stress. It is also beneficial for opening up channels of creativity and increasing overall productivity.