What to Expect
The decision to begin therapy (sometimes called counseling or psychotherapy) is an important one. People I work with report both a greater level of comfort and more favorable results when they understand what to expect from the therapy process.
Therapy may help you with a variety of concerns, including but not limited to personal issues (e.g., relationships, parenting, major loss/grief, significant life changes, conflict resolution, sexuality, recovery, spirituality, etc.), career exploration, and life planning (e.g., clarification of your career interests and employment options, articulating life goals & setting a course of action to achieve those goals, etc.), and academic or vocational problems (e.g., test-taking/study skills, time management, workplace conflict, retirement, career changes, etc.).
After discussing the concerns that led you to seek therapy, you and I will decide which services are appropriate. I may refer you to workshops, group counseling, medical evaluations, or other resources as necessary.
In order to fully benefit from therapy, I suggest that you:
- Attend scheduled appointments
- Be as specific as you can about the concerns that led to your decision to seek therapy
- Establish with me your desired goals and what your life will look like when you achieve your goals
- Discuss your progress with me as we go along, and modify your goals if necessary
- Participate actively, and be as open and honest as possible
- Be prepared for your sessions: complete (or at least attempt) any “homework”
- Tell me about how our work together is going for you.
You can expect that I will:
- Keep our scheduled appointments
- Work with you to establish and achieve your goals for your life
- Take your concerns seriously
- Check-in with you often about our progress together
- Utilize a variety of proven techniques I believe best suited for you and our work together
- Be honest with you
- Maintain your confidence and privacy within established legal and ethical parameters.
Successful therapy is a cooperative process, requiring your motivation and active involvement. Remember, therapy can be brief and it can be longer term. The time spent in therapy depends on your concerns, your goals, and our work together. Effective therapy is not measured by how long you participate in it; rather, the more actively engaged you are, the more effective therapy will be for you.