How long is a counseling session and how often should I go?
Most individual sessions are 50 minutes long. Sessions with couples and families tend to be longer, as do evaluations.
What if I don’t think I can afford counseling?
Yes, you can afford therapy. If I can’t accommodate you based on your insurance benefits, personal financial situation, or for any other reason for that matter, I will help match you with another counselor who will work for you. Everybody has a right to be well and I will assist you in y our pursuit of that right.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Can you prescribe medication?
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy. I am not licensed to prescribe medication, but I work well with several local professionals on a referral basis to help my clients meet this need. With client permission I communicate with those professionals regularly, working together to monitor the effects of medication and make decisions about any changes that may be necessary.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.