What to Expect in Your Sessions
Many people find that therapy can help them in a variety of ways. Learn more through some of the most common questions below.
How can therapy benefit me?
The process is an intentional and meaningful one. The goal(s) that you have will be discussed at the beginning of the process and may also change over time. Some of the common benefits are: gaining a better understanding and improved relationship with yourself and those close to you, increasing your self esteem, increasing your ability to understand and manage your emotions, help you to cope with stress, improve your interpersonal skills, change old behavior patterns and develop more effective ones, to feel centered and satisfied with your life.
Can we have a session by phone?
I have the ability to provide services by phone, Skype or FaceTime.
Is what we talk about confidential?
Trust between a client and a therapist is fundamental to the therapy process. You may choose though to request that I collaborate with someone else such as a family member, attorney or your healthcare team such as your primary care physician or psychiatrist. By law and by professional ethics this cannot happen without your consent through a written release of information.
There are laws however that require therapists to release information without your consent if they suspect that you may harm yourself or someone else. The law requires all therapists to report child abuse and neglect of children and dependent adults including the elderly.
Do I need medication?
Some individuals may benefit from medication in addition to psychotherapy. When this is the case, I can help make appropriate referrals. I collaborate with highly experienced and qualified professionals who can make these medical decisions with you.