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Common Questions

How can therapy benefit me?
There are a number of reasons why a person may seek therapy. One may want to develop greater self awareness and emotional intelligence, find clarity and be happier. One may want to change behavior or patterns that get in the way of having successful relationships or of living one’s life fully. One may have unresolved trauma, PTSD or hurt that needs healing, leaving residual depression, anxiety or unhealthy patterning. One may have negative thoughts or distorted views about the self that prevent achievement. Or one may have the simple desire to experience an authentic connection with the self or another person. Or one might want all of the above.

The benefits you obtain from therapy depend largely on how you use the process and put into practice what you learn. I have witnessed people make great changes in their lives.

Some examples include:

  • Reduce Anxiety, and Panic by obtaining mastery of your thought processes
  • Stop Depression by earning how allow feelings move through you
  • Attain a Better Understanding of Yourself and be in charge of how you react
  • Develop Relationship skills and improve communication techniques
  • Improve Intimacy in relationship and keep it alive and well
  • Attract a relationship.  Let's look at what's getting in the way of finding a partner and work through it.
  • Find Resolution to Issues by developing greater clarity and understanding
  • Learn Healthy Ways of Self Soothing
  • Manage Anger, Sadness, Loss, Disappointment and other more difficult feelings by learning how to be with them in a spacious way
  • Change Old Behavior Patterns and Develop New Healthy Ones
  • Work Through Low Self-Esteem by addressing negative beliefs about the self and working through trauma
  • Build Confidence by learning how to lead from the essential self
  • Stand in your power by learning how to abide in the belly


What is therapy like?

Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different for each individual.  In general, you can expect to come in to my office, have some tea, sit on the couch at our scheduled time and discuss the current events happening in your life, an issue, your feelings and thoughts about it, your personal history relevant to the topic, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session.  Regardless of what gets brought into the room, I will guide into a process that allows you drop into yourself, gain awareness, look objectively at the issue, problem or insight, meet and heal hurts, work through it and find more clarity, etc. This will change each time we meet depending on what you bring into the room to work through.

Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more entrenched relationship patterns, for example, or your desire to heal an attachment issue or trauma from childhood.  Either way, it is most beneficial to schedule weekly sessions. As clients attain skills to support themselves outside of the room, it often makes sense to move toward reducing their sessions to every other week or less depending on what is needed and desired.  I do have many clients who enjoy coming every week, and that is fine too, if that's what works for you. 
It is important to understand that you will get results from therapy when you actively participate in the process.  The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life.  I may suggest some practices you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as, creating space for a feeling, tracking repetitive thinking patterns or pushing away and negative thought, opening to having compassion for your self, reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on a particular goal. People seeking psychotherapy are usually ready on some level to make change in their lives.   If we encounter resistance which is often part of the process, we can explore that too. It's all part of the natural unfolding of the work.
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?  
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of your distress and the behavior patterns that prevent progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.  Meaning medication and therapy.  Or perhaps try therapy without meds and see what happens?  You may be able to work through something and not need meds.  I would say this is the case much of the time.  I have had many clients find solutions to their issues with therapy alone. 
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office.  I will provide a written copy of my confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone.  This is called “Informed Consent”.  Sometimes, however, you may want me to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (such as your Physician, Psychiatrist, Naturopath, Attorney, etc.).  In such cases, you would sign a release of information, granting me permission to disclose info to such persons.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.
If you have other questions about therapy or how I practice, please feel free to send me an email.  I'm happy to answer any questions. 


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