What can I expect from therapy?
My approach is highly personalized, so you can rest assured that treatment will be tailored to your specific needs. Together, we will work towards helping you reach your goals, whatever you decide those goals should be.
What happens at a therapy session?
In the initial session we will go over intake forms, get to know each other a little better, clarify your expectations, and discuss your goals.
In additional sessions, you will have the opportunity to reflect back on previous sessions, report on your progress, and share any relevant new information. Then, through further discussion, we will work towards the goals you have identified. Managing your current situation is also an area where I can offer support.
How long does an appointment take?
Sessions are 1 hour each. This includes 50 minutes of discussion and interaction and 10 minutes of administrative duties.
How often will I have to come in?
In order to most effectively make use of the therapeutic process, it is most helpful to schedule regular ongoing sessions. Usually, the first few sessions occur on a weekly basis, which can then be tapered into monthly or bi-monthly sessions.
How long can I expect to be in therapy?
Treatment can either be short-term for managing a very specific issue, or longer term for managing more complex concerns. The length of the entire treatment process is also dependent on a number of different factors. These include, but are not limited to, clients’ active participation, the specific issue/concern, and the individual goals that have been set.
What do I need to know about confidentiality?
Every client has the right to expect privacy in their relationship with a therapist. In fact, there are provisions under the law to protect that relationship and I cannot disclose private information about you without your written consent. However, please be aware that the law requires certain exceptions:
- In cases where there is suspected child abuse, dependent adult abuse, or elder abuse I am legally bound to contact the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client threatens serious bodily harm to another person or group, I must contact the police and notify the intended victim.
- If a client is planning to self-harm, I will make every effort to enlist the client’s cooperation to ensure his or her safety. If the client does not cooperate, by law I am able to take certain measures for safety without his or her permission.
- If I am subpoenaed by a court of law to disclose private information I must comply.