Common Questions

Why do people seek therapy?
People come into therapy for many reasons. Some need to deal with a crisis or an unexpected change in their lives, while others seek self-exploration and personal growth. When coping skills are overwhelmed by stress, anxiety, depression, fear, anger, or guilt, therapy can help. Therapy can provide support, problem-solving skills, enhanced coping skills, and introspective work for many issues, including low self esteem, unresolved childhood issues, relationship issues, bereavement, stress management, trauma, anger, body image issues, and spiritual conflicts. People seeking psychotherapy need to be ready to take responsibility for their lives, work towards change, and develop a greater sense of self-awareness.

What can I expect in a therapy session?
During sessions you are expected to talk about the primary concerns and issues in your life. A session lasts 45-50 minutes, but some people request longer sessions. Usually weekly sessions are best. Some people who are in crisis or extreme distress need more than one session per week, at least until the crisis passes. During the time between sessions it is beneficial to think about and process what was discussed. At times, you may be asked to complete a small assignment outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or journaling. For therapy to "work", you must be an active participant, both in and outside of the therapy sessions.

What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?

A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Many people find therapy a tremendous help in resolving a crisis, enhancing personal growth, improving interpersonal relationships, resolving family issues, and dealing with the stresses of daily life. 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 include:

1. Attaining greater psychological insight to enhance personal growth
2. Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
3. Learning healthier ways to handle stress, anxiety, depression, anger, guilt, and other
difficult emotions
4. Getting "unstuck" from unhealthy patterns or habits and replacing them with healthier ones
5. Developing better communication and interpersonal skills for improving relationships
6. Enhancing self-esteem and self-confidence
7. Clarifying personal goals and value

What if I don't know what my goals are for therapy?
If you aren't sure what your goals are for therapy, the first task is to figure that out. It may take several sessions before a direction is clarified. During the course of therapy your goals may change. However, establishing a direction for therapy will help you get the most out of the experience.

What are my rights to privacy/confidentiality?

The law protects the the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information cannot be disclosed without written permission. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If there is suspected child abuse or neglect I am required to report to authorities to ensure the safety of the client.
  • If a confidential record or I am subpoenaed by the Court, I will be required to comply with the order of the court. As a general rule, I do not work with individuals involved in litigation.
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?

I am no longer working with insurance companies...