A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. 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 from therapy include:
What can I expect from therapy?
If it's your first time in counseling, it's natural to feel a bit anxious and nervous. Because of this, I'll do my very best to provide you with a welcoming and non-judgmental space to explore whatever obstacles stand in the way. Everyone's journey to reach today is unique and I respect that journey. Coming from a Solution Focused background, we'll talk about your strengths and how they can help be a source of motivation and resilience for your future.
I strive to work as a team to meet whatever goals you hope to achieve. Our first session together will primarily be an information gathering session, where we'll both see how best to approach what obstacles you might have standing in your way. After this, we will regularly re-visit your goals to best ensure our time together is helping you reach your success.
What if my issue(s) don't seem that big?
I believe no issue is too big or small, if it stands in the way of reaching your goals. I hope we can work together to develop appropriate coping skills and wellness so that you can achieve the success you hope for.
You use creative expression, but what if I'm not an artist?
You don't have to be. The beauty of using creativity in session is to provide another outlet for processing. Sessions are a no-judgment zone. By providing creative solutions to your concerns, coping skills can be personalized depending on what works for you. Activities such as journaling, bibliotherapy, bead-making, drawing, music and more allow for powerful healing to occur without the constraints of "should's." Creative expression allows for healing from a different perspective.
How often can I expect to come to therapy?
While the frequency of sessions might depend on goals and/or availability, people generally find better results from meeting more often in the beginning of the process. This might look like once a week at the start of therapy and after communication about your process, it might look like once every few weeks. I encourage feedback throughout your process to best ensure we continue to work well together.
What is confidentiality?
Basically, what is said to your counselor stays within the session. This provides clients with the privacy to explore obstacles in a safe environment. There are exceptions to this rule which will be reviewed during our first session together and on your initial paperwork.