What is therapy?

Therapy is the process of meeting with a therapist to learn new skills and explore one's thoughts and feelings in order to resolve a variety of emotional and behavioral issues, and improve interpersonal relationships and overall wellness.  Therapy is hard work and can be difficult at times, due to to the emotional content that can arise during sessions.  There may be times when you will not feel like returning to therapy because it feels too difficult.  Remember that therapy is a process and it is important to be patient with yourself as you are uncovering new information about yourself and learning new skills.  Change takes time, so it is important to be patient.  While learning new skills in therapy, you may not master these skills right away, making mistakes along the way.  Again, be patient, as this is a normal part of the therapy process.  These difficulties will be discussed during sessions to help increase your success.  

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What can I expect during the first session?

The first session, or initial evaluation, is the first opportunity for me to get to know you, as well for you to get to know me.  During this session, you will have an opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings about the issue that brought you to therapy and how you feel I can best help you to resolve these issues.  I will ask a variety of questions to gather as much information as possible, as this allows me to develop a comprehensive understanding of your situation, which will guide the treatment by helping me to develop an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.   The assessment process may take more than one session.  After I have gathered all of the necessary information, I will provide my initial recommendations regarding treatment options and frequency of sessions.  You and I will collaborate together to develop a treatment plan that is agreed upon by all parties involved in the therapy.  This initial session will be approximately 50-55 minutes.

Follow Up Sessions

Each follow up session will be approximately 45-55 minutes.  Each session will focus on the goals specified in the treatment plan, using the treatment intervention agreed upon during the initial session.  The amount of sessions needed to resolve the issues being addressed will depend on the seriousness of the issue being addressed and the effort put in by the client(s).  Therapy interventions and treatment goals will be continuously re-evaluated to ensure you are making progress.  Therapy will be terminated when you have met your treatment goals.  Maintenance sessions will be provided as needed.