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FAQs

FAQs

I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. How will therapy help me?

Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.  Asking for help can be hard, but it is a courageous action that has limitless possibilities.

What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

How do I find the right therapist for me?

A great place to start is looking through our therapist’s bios here on the website.  You may also call in to our office for a free phone consultation with our administrative staff.  If email is better for you, we can also discuss your needs and what you are looking for when you contact us via email.  We can answer all your questions, concerns, and alert you to any details about your initial appointment.  During this time, feel free to ask any questions you have in regards to therapy style, location details, or payment.

What is the first session like?  What should I expect?

During your initial appointment, you can expect to meet with the therapist to get comfortable in the space, understand the structure of the therapy, and your client rights.  This initial appointment is a great time to explore long term goals and to determine if the therapeutic relationship is a good fit for you.  In addition, the therapist will give you feedback on ways in which she may be able to help support you in reaching your long term goals.  This is a perfect time to discuss if individual therapy, family therapy, parenting support, mindfulness group, therapeutic yoga, or a combination of these will be appropriate for you.  This is a collaborative process between you and the therapist.  At the end of this session, a consistent therapy schedule will be recommended and your future appointments set up.  Payment is taken at the end of each session.

How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual.  Each therapist tailors their therapeutic approach to your specific needs.

How long will it take?

Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.

I saw you offer therapeutic yoga.  How does this work?

If therapeutic yoga is something you want to incorporate into your sessions, this could occur on the same day as your therapy service or scheduled for a different time.  Comfortable, flexible clothing should be worn to enable to you move and stretch.  You would move from the therapy room to the yoga room where you would be guided through a customized, therapeutic yoga class.
You do not have to incorporate yoga into your plan, but it is an option to discuss with your therapist.  Not all of our therapists are yoga instructors, so you may schedule with a yoga teacher if this is something you want to incorporate into your wellness program.  Some of therapists are yoga practitioners and this may be something to consider when you consider the best fit therapist for you.
In general, yoga can be used as part of stress reduction program, supporting the balance of a dysregulated nervous system after trauma, or as part of mind-body wellness.  Feel free to contact us to ask more about this if you are interested.

I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

We are so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.

 

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