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Frequent Questions

There are many reasons why people choose to come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times, it is in response to unexpected changes and/or stressors that seem overwhelming. Many seek the support of a therapist as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support and new strategies for all types of challenges in life.

General Questions

Therapy is right for anyone interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness and working towards change in their lives. Oftentimes, people are curious about therapy and may have some questions. Making that initial phone call can be difficult if you have no idea what to expect or the right questions to ask. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions and answers.

What exactly does the counseling process look like?

Counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and client.  Together, we identify the challenges that are in your life and create solutions to help move your life in a more positive and beneficial direction.

How Long Does Therapy Last?

Length of therapy can vary depending on your specific needs and circumstances. Some people come to therapy with a specific issue or concern, and brief solution-focused therapy may be the right fit. Often, that can last six to eight sessions. Some people come to therapy to explore issues that seem to run a little deeper. They might engage in therapy for several months or even years.

Is Reflective Work in Between Sessions Encouraged?

Reflective Work also known as “homework” can be given in between sessions for further exploration, tracking data, or to give you time to practice skills to determine their effectiveness in your everyday life. Therapy is an avenue to exploration and the development of new tools and skills that are encouraged to be practiced in between sessions for great gains to be made.

How do I know when it is time to get support?

-Your Baseline Behavior or Feelings Have Changed
-You’re Experiencing Increased Irritability in Your Relationships
-Symptoms are Interfering with Your Quality of Life
-You Feel Stuck or Have a Lack of Motivation
-You’re Feeling Lost After a Big Life Change
-You’re Experiencing Ongoing Weariness
-You Think You Should!

What Can I Expect from My First Session?

In the first session, you and your therapist will ask each other questions and sort out the logistics of your treatment plan. You’ll also get a sense of your therapist’s style. This first meeting is sometimes known as an “intake session.” There is an open dialogue of exploration to identify symptoms you have been experiencing, how long these symptoms have impacted your life, in what areas are these symptoms impacting and identify the steps to alleviate the stress of these symptoms.