If you have never seen a psychotherapist, you might wonder what happens in therapy. To get started, we will set up an intake appointment where we will discuss what brought you to counseling in detail. I'll also gather information about you and your history. The intake paperwork can be completed online before the session and we will go over it when we meet. Together we will set the goals you want to achieve in therapy and make a plan for how you will achieve those goals.
In the beginning stages of therapy, we will ideally meet weekly; however, if it does not fit with your schedule or financial situation, you can stretch sessions out to every other week. When appropriate, sessions can occur even less frequently until your goals are met. As part of the type of therapy I do, you will have homework to help you practice the skills you learn in treatment and keep you focused on achieving your goals.
The time your psychotherapy treatment will take depends on several factors, but it typically takes between two to six months. Some things require less sessions and some things require more, but you can always discuss your particular situation with me. I most often utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Oriented Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in treatment. I also like to teach relaxation skills including visualization to help with relaxation and stress management.
People often wonder if they should see a therapist or not. My advice is always that if the issue you are dealing with is affecting your relationships, health, sleep, ability to concentrate, job or any other area of your life, it is time to seek help. The first step of reaching out is always the hardest, but you truly don't have to face this alone. I am here to help whenever you are ready and will work hard to make you feel comfortable and safe from the very beginning.
Anxiety Disorders & Treatment
Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental health issues facing kids and adults, and at times can be debilitating. For some, it can feel as though their entire lives are run by their anxiety. Fortunately, anxiety is also a very treatable disorder.
I use a combination of talk therapy, lifestyle changes, stress management and guided imagery/hypnosis interventions that are proven to help you manage your anxiety and put you back in charge of your life. I provide all of my clients with tools they can use every day to eliminate anxiety, and I'll start teaching you those tools in the very first session.
Types of anxiety disorders I work with include:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Acute Stress Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
The relationships we have in our lives are one of the most important pieces of our mental health. When our relationships are going well, we feel at peace and less stressed. However, when our relationships are not going well if often causes significant distress - both emotional and physical - that can affect our lives in negative ways.
I enjoy working very much with couples and families to help them learn to communicate, heal past hurts, create new ways of being together that work for all parties involved and to strengthen the emotional bonds that create the intimacy and safety necessary for a healthy relationship.
Types of relationships I work with include:
Parent-Child (Adult children as well as children still living in the home)
Co-Parenting with Divorced Parents