If you are interested in starting therapy, lets schedule a 15 minute phone consultation to talk through things. This is an opportunity for us to see if it feels like a good fit. We can then schedule our initial session and move forward.
I will email you a link to my portal where you can complete the paperwork that needs to be completed for our initial session. The forms include my professional disclosure and consent forms, and HIPAA privacy policies.
How does the counseling process work?
My goal is for you to leave our initial session feeling heard and understood, and maybe some relief and hopefulness that things will improve. I start by gathering some history, listening to your goals and stories, and then we collaborate to create a direction for our time together.
What is the therapist's role? What is the client's role? I see myself as your partner and guide on this journey of self-discovery. My style involves gently probing you to feel and explore your emotions, go deeper with the experience, and come into the present moment as we are talking. I will make observations, suggestions, and give you feedback, but I won't tell you what to do. Often, clients find it helpful to create an intention for the week from the work we have done in our session. I respect and empower you to make your own choices and to give me feedback on how things are progressing. I view you as the one who decides what you want to share in sessions and what direction you want to go with the insights you gain.
How often will we meet? I prefer to meet weekly or bi-weekly as we begin working together. This helps us to gain momentum, get comfortable with each other, and create goals. Many people reduce counseling once things feel better. Each person "does therapy" a little differently. Some people may come for 3-6 months to work on specific life challenges, while others like to maintain therapy as a practice of self-care and reflection. Many people use counseling as an opportunity to work on childhood experiences, trauma, on-going stressors, or relationships. These situations often take a longer period of time to resolve.
What can I expect to get out of therapy? Therapy with me is a place where you can receive compassionate support, develop insight, and improve your coping strategies. I use creative interventions tailored to each client's unique needs. Therapy is a partnership - we work together to understand you and help you move in the direction of what you want in your life. The benefits from therapy are directly linked to your willingness to seek support and be open to the experience, and motivation to make changes.
What other resources do you recommend to support the therapy process? I’m a big believer that the food we eat impacts our mental health in significant ways. There is a great deal of research demonstrating that a diet that is low processed and mainly whole foods decreases anxiety and the stress response, increases endorphins, and supports healthy brain functioning. Additionally, I encourage my clients to develop an moderate exercise routine. Exercise and meditation can create the same positive structural changes to the brain as antidepressants—neuroplasticity (the capacity of the brain to create new neural pathways) and growth in the hippocampus, a part of the brain that is found to be diminished in people with depression.
Lastly, here are some books which I have found to support the work we will do in therapy: It's not Always Depression by Hilary Jacobs Hendel (audio and book form); Living Like You Mean it: Use the Wisdom and Power of your Emotions to get the Life You Really Want by Ron Frederick (book form); Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff (audio or book); Your Brain on Love: The Neurobiology of Healthy Relationships by Stan Tatkin; and When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön.
Phone Calls, Emails and Texts? I answer all my phone calls and emails. You may reach my voicemail since I do not answer the phone when I am in session, in the evening, or on weekends. Since I cannot guarantee your privacy in email or text messages, please do not discuss confidential matters through those means of communication. Please call me if you need to talk.- I happily make time to support you.