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    How It Works

    The Process: Here’s what to expect.

    People typically approach therapy with both fear and hope.

    They’re uncertain about what actually happens. But they’re hopeful about solutions.

    Let me reassure you, solutions are available when you’re ready to make the call.


    First we talk, usually by phone, about the issues you need help with.

    This helps me make sure this is the right path for you. (There is no financial obligation for this step.)

    When you come to your first session, I will greet you with a warm smile and friendly introduction.

    I’ll ask questions about your history, what’s going on in your life now, and what your goals are for therapy. This is a conversation that may unfold over more than one session, if necessary.

    Your therapy will move at your pace.

    Many experience a sense of relief and hope, even at this early stage, because they’re no longer facing their problems alone.

    As we move forward together, my goal is to create a safe, welcoming place for disclosure and change.

    You’re hurting; you want to change how you feel, or how you’re dealing with a difficult life circumstance.

    Therapy provides insight, skills, and the power to make new choices going forward.

    The Therapeutic Relationship: Here’s how it works.

    Therapy takes time, effort, and work.

    Some therapy occurs within sessions as you develop understanding and learn new skills. Then therapy continues between sessions, as you ponder and practice those newly learned concepts.

    It’s not uncommon for a client to come in for a session, thrilled about how they successfully used a concept we discussed the prior week. “I heard your voice in my head, coaching me.”

    Because each individual has different goals, therapy will be different for each person.

    Therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue. Or it might be longer term, to deal with more difficult or complex patterns. In most cases, it’s common to schedule regular sessions, usually weekly. This enables us to devote steady attention to understanding and resolving your distress.

    A positive, trusting relationship between client and therapist is instrumental in the success of therapy.

    Clients often say that therapy is the first time they’ve truly felt “known” and “accepted, warts and all”.

    I listen closely, so I can understand your values and your point of view. I uphold the ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association, which protect our conversations as confidential and promote a working relationship that is warm, safe, supportive, and respectful.

    You deserve my concern and respect as you do some of the most important work of your life.

    We’ll become allies with the shared commitment to helping you make desired, meaningful, and long-lasting changes.