Making the decision to begin therapy can feel both empowering yet extremely vulnerable. Below is a bit of information about how I work.
I believe psychotherapy is a collaborative effort. Together we will create the space through which movement can occur. Each person arrives with their own unique understanding of their problems and how to solve them. Your perspective is valuable and will serve as a jumping off point for our work together.
In our first few sessions I will invite you to tell me about your goals and desires for therapy. I will ask you follow up questions about the issues you would like to work on or the changes you would like to make. I will ask you if you have been in therapy before, and if you have, I will ask about your experiences so I can gain an understanding of what worked for you and what did not. I will also invite you to tell me about other aspects of your life including your relationships, your work life and anything else that feels important for me to know. This is also a time for you to raise any questions or concerns you may have about the treatment process. Once I have an understanding of what you’re looking for, I will share with you how I think therapy could help. I will make a treatment recommendation which is usually once or twice per week therapy and I may suggest some additional treatment modalities that I think would be useful for you.
I strive to create a safe, warm, non-judgmental space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Your role is to be as honest as possible. Given this, the process of psychotherapy may be uncomfortable at times. Discussing or revealing uncomfortable thoughts or behaviors can feel extremely vulnerable. For some, the process of therapy can awaken old feelings that were tucked away long ago. Others experience new feelings that while often exciting can be just as uncomfortable or overwhelming. I am sensitive to the profound need to feel safe during these vulnerable moments and I will do my best to help you feel held during this process.