Counseling FAQ´s.

Counseling FAQ´s

Here is a list of questions we often get from clients regarding individual and family therapy. We find that couples coming in for marriage therapy often have questions regarding what to expect. Finding help should be easy, and we aim to keep it that way. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

We do not require a referral, services are assessed by individual needs.
Normal practice is to conduct an initial evaluation which will last from 1 to 2 sessions. During this time, we can both decide whether I am the best person to provide the services which you need in order to meet your treatment goals. If psychotherapy is initiated, I will usually schedule one 50 minute session per week at a mutually agreed time, although sometimes sessions can be more frequent if needed.
The typical number is usually between 6 and 12. The number of sessions correlates with the severity of the need as well as the number of people involved and their level of participation and motivation. It is very common that an individual can experience significant relief and change in 5 to 8 sessions whereas a family may need more sessions if they have a large number of issues. Therapy is not a short term work, so I recommend that you commit to at least 10 sessions in order for you to see results. This is not very much, if you consider how long it took you to get where you are right now, and how much longer you’ll be able to enjoy the results. The amount of sessions will be discussed during the initial session.
Research has shown that the most important aspect of therapy is the relationship that forms between you and your therapist. Thus, it is essential that you choose a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and safe, with whom you feel you can open up and be honest.
Friends can be a great resource in our lives, and is very important to have them. But friends are not objective. As fun as they are, sometimes they can be unintentionally judgmental, opinionated and unsupportive. They might want you to do what they want or need, which sometimes might confuse you. As a therapist, I offer my training, insights, observations and confidentiality in a way that helps you move from where you are stuck, focusing entirely in your story with objectivity.
I offer classes to ready formed groups of 8 or more. Please call to contract a parenting or couples class. I will customize the content to suit the needs of the group.
Yes. But you should know that Skype is not yet considered 100% confidential. That being said, if you still want to have sessions online, it is your choice.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.

Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives.

Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:

  • Compassion, respect and understanding
  • Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
  • Real strategies for enacting positive change
  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance

If you are experiencing a difficult time in your life, when you are feeling stuck and unable to make a decision, it is a good time to consider counseling. Having an objective opinion from a professional therapist, who is trained in helping people resolve their problems, is a good idea to follow. When you keep doing the same things and getting the same results, and nothing seems to be working out the way you planned, it is time to see a counselor for help.

Begin with the immediate crisis or difficulty that brings you to therapy. It is not essential to present all the history of the problem in the very first session. It is better to outline the current source of your dilemma and discuss some of the ways in which you have tried to solve it. We will review your history as a way of understanding how you arrived at your present situation, and use this information to help you come up with some solutions.

It is not our job to save your marriage or your relationship. We do not have the power or the potential to do this — only you do. We will help you try to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. This requires a personal commitment on both of your parts, and a decision that you are willing to invest your time and energy in the process. We do not have a crystal ball to offer you. Instead, we do have the background and experience to guide you into making decisions that are in your own best interests, both individually and as a couple.

We are trained child counselors who work with children from the ages of two through eighteen. If your child is showing signs that he or she is having problems, it is a good idea to bring them in for an evaluation. They may be acting in ways that are not typical for them, such as bed-wetting, separation anxiety, aggressive behavior, or school-related behavior problems. It is likely that your children have been trying to show you that something is wrong by acting in these ways, instead of coming right out and telling you personally. Family crises, such as separation or divorce , are often difficult for children to handle on their own, and they need your help in learning how to deal with these situations.

When you have accomplished your goals and made the changes you wanted in your life. It is up to you to decide whether or not you have done what you wanted to do in coming to counseling. Often, one change leads to another, and you may realize that you have changed some things without even realizing it. It is important to evaluate your progress along the way, and see if there are other areas you would like to explore. As always, it is your decision to begin counseling and it is your decision to end it. When the time comes, you will know, and it will feel like the right thing to do.

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