Is counseling right for me?

The decision to seek counseling is an individual choice. Clients seek counseling for a variety of reasons. Some come to deal with long-standing psychological issues. Others come to address anxiety and depression. Others come in response to unexpected changes in their lives, such as a divorce or work transitions. Many seek the advice of a counselor as they pursue their own personal evolution and growth. Counseling can provide insight, support, and strategies for all kinds of life challenges. Counseling can also help with such issues as conflict, grief, stress management, body image issues, trauma, and general life transitions. Counseling can be appropriate for those interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working toward positive change in their lives.

How long will I be in counseling?

The length of time a client is in counseling depends on the nature of the problem and the goals of the counseling. Some clients have a very specific problem that can be worked through in a set course of counseling. For others, counseling is an on-going learning process and they choose to receive counseling for a longer period of time.

What is a counseling session?

Every counseling session is unique and meant to fit the needs of each client and their specific goals. Typically, you will discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during a session. It is also common for clients to schedule weekly sessions, with each session lasting approximately fifty minutes. The duration of the counseling process varies depending on several factors. 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 daily activities between sessions. For an effective outcome, you must be an active participant, both during and outside the therapy process. People seeking counseling should be willing to take responsibility for their actions, work toward change, and create greater self-awareness in their lives.

Do I need to take medications?

As counselors and therapists, we are not legally allowed to prescribe medications. However, based on a joint assessment of the problems you are facing, it may be advisable to consult with a psychiatrist to determine whether medications are warranted. Typically, clients see someone under their health insurance coverage or we can refer you to a psychiatrist.

At what age(s) is therapy appropriate?

Therapy is appropriate as early as 18 months and going forward.

How are family systems incorporated into therapy?

All of the work I do is based in family systems work. When working with a child I usually spend time discussing family goals, work with the child, and then provide feedback to the family. When we have shared goals, it makes greater family systems. I take a holistic approach to therapy as everyone has different roles and it can often resemble a 10,000 piece puzzle - but each piece is important.

Do you accept insurance?

No, I do not accept insurance.