Is psychotherapy right for me?

Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing concerns, frustrations or problems. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a change in relationship or a significant transition in work life. There is no wrong reason for starting therapy.

Why do people seek therapy?

Many people seek therapy 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 life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in increasing self-awareness and feeling better about oneself.

What can I expect in a therapy session?

A therapy session lasts 50 minutes, sometimes longer if desired. We generally meet once per week, though sometimes greater frequency is needed. During sessions we will talk about what is most important to you. We might discuss long standing concerns or recent apprehensions and frustrations. I will follow your lead about what feels most relevant to explore.

What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?

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. Some benefits you might experience are listed below:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications skills – learn how to listen to others, and have others listen to you
  • Getting “unstuck” from unhealthy patterns – breaking old behaviors and develop new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence.
What if I don’t know what my goals are for therapy?

If you aren’t sure what your goals are for therapy, it isn’t a problem. During the course of therapy your goals may change.

Do you accept insurance?

I accept most PPO health insurance plans.

Is therapy confidential?

In general, therapy is confidential. Information is not disclosed without your written permission. However, some exceptions related to harm to self or others exist.

What is “insight-oriented” therapy?

Insight-oriented therapy is also known as psychodynamic or psychoanalytic therapy. The better you know yourself, the better you will function in all areas of your life. Insight-oriented therapy strives to uncover how and why you function in the ways you do, what motivates your behavior and how your internal world operates. Most of all, you can gain self-awareness, freedom and flexibility.

How do I get the most out of therapy?

Therapy is a partnership. Be as open and honest as possible. Make sure you feel comfortable with your therapist. Successful therapy depends on a good relationship between you and a therapist you trust. Talk with your therapist if any part of the therapy troubles you. If you’re still uncomfortable, consider asking for a referral to another therapist with whom you might feel more at ease.

More Questions?

On this page, you can find answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about me, my practice and psychotherapy in general. I hope you find this information helpful.

Understandably, you probably have more questions to ask me beyond the commonly asked questions listed here. Please contact me if you have any questions about my services or setting up an appointment.

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