What to Expect in Therapy

Making Contact

If you’re here reading this page, chances are you have come to a critical and important point in your life. It’s so important at this moment to find the therapist who is right for you. I know what it’s like to be in that place.

First we’ll talk on the phone for about 20 minutes in a no-charge consultation. This gives you a chance to tell me a little about what’s going on and to ask any questions that you may have. I will explain my fees and how I work with insurance if you are wanting to use it. We’ll decide whether to meet in person for a first session.

Beginning Therapy

Therapy sessions last 50 minutes. The first session allows you to tell me more about what is bringing you in to seek therapy. It gives you a chance to get a sense of me too. I recommend coming for several sessions to begin with. It takes time to build trust and relationship with your therapist. I may tell you a little about what seems to be going on, from my perspective.

Working with me involves a regular commitment—usually, once-a-week therapy sessions at the same time every week. Some clients want to come more frequently. Other clients can’t afford once a week, and sometimes I agree to meet every other week. My clients tend to be in therapy for anywhere from several months to a year or more. We get to decide together how long it’s best to keep the process going.

Finding our Way

We create the therapy together. I don’t have a cookie-cutter approach that I will try and impose on you. You are unique, and our conversations will guide us to the places that are hurt, or stuck, or needing our attention in whatever way. We work together from there to create opening and positive change. We build a therapeutic relationship that, over time, will transform various aspects of your life.

If you’re working with me, I’ve committed myself to pay close attention to the natural process of your development as an individual. Research has clearly shown that the key factor in the success of any therapy is the quality of the relationship between therapist and client. This relationship has many levels and is actually very complex. I’m specially trained to pay attention to all these levels so that our work can prove healing and restoring to you.

Coming into Being

I have a special focus on getting in touch with the deepest parts of you. I want to help your true self—your wholeness—come into being. It’s your birthright. Often our true self gets hurt and cut off as we move through life. When a client and I contact the deep places, the real power of therapy comes into play. You get to reclaim your wholeness.

Dreams can help us rediscover the wholeness that’s alive deep in you. I am always interested in hearing dreams you remember. They often give us living images that act as guides for your therapy. Some clients also bring in art they’ve made or journal entries they’ve written, though none of this is required.

Therapy helps discover parts of you that got cast aside. Maybe a parent or the culture or a religion forced you to disown parts of yourself in order to survive. Maybe you suffered from trauma or neglect along the way and feel disconnected from yourself. Over time, we get to invite the lost parts back in, see what they have to say, and see how they’d like to transform your life now.

Schedule a Phone Consultation

Therapy starts with a no-charge 20-minute phone consultation. We’ll talk about sessions, fees, and insurance and decide whether to meet for a first session. Please contact me so that we can set up a time to talk. I look forward to hearing from you.