FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
"The answers you seek never come when the mind is busy, they come when the mind is still."
Frequently asked questions
How do I know if therapy is right for me?
Some of us seek therapy when we’re struggling in relationships, in vocation or with low self-image & self-esteem. Others may come to work on healing from addictions, anxiety or depression. Most of us come when we are experiencing changes in our lives and want a little extra insight on where to go next. Talking with a therapist provides that little extra "push" we are looking for to get unstuck and regain connection and courage. If you are looking to gain a healthier perspective on your world and are willing to work hard at practicing new, more helpful ways of thinking and relating, therapy may be exactly what you’re looking for.
Are prescription medications a substitution for therapy?
Medication is often used to treat depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder and other mental health diagnoses. It’s good to keep in mind that therapy goes beyond treating symptoms by teaching you skills that help to identify and change negative patterns. Many people find a combination of therapy and medication is most effective. If you feel medication may help you feel more balanced, it is always wise to consult your primary health provider.
How long does therapy last?
Like anything worthwhile, therapy can take some work on your part and a bit of patience. But it does not have to be a process that takes months or years in order to be effective. We can work on your needs whether brief/short-term therapy or long-term therapy without losing sight of your treatment goals. Therapy does work and many people notice some improvement with the first few sessions.
What is the first session like?
Many people experience a mixture of fear, anxiety and anticipation when they come to their first therapy appointment. This is totally natural. Our office is located in a quiet, professional building. It is a secure, comfortable environment where you will feel welcomed and relaxed. I will provide you with some necessary paperwork to complete. Then I will take time to answer any questions you might have. We will talk about what brings you to therapy, what kinds of strategies you’ve used in the past that have worked for you and those that haven’t. Before we end, we may discuss some things to consider until our next meeting. We’ll schedule our next meeting and go from there. The first session is your initial chance to see if we will be a good fit for one another. In time, we’ll find ourselves in a relaxed, familiar rapport that allows you to focus on your therapeutic journey.