About Therapy

About Therapy

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Why Therapy?

As more research is conducted, one thing becomes increasingly clear: therapy works.

Therapy can improve your life by minimizing the anxiety in your life, identifying and changing underlying thought and behavioral patterns that contribute to your struggles, and providing you with strategies to decrease discomfort while restoring an overall sense of peace. To experience true and lasting joy in our life, we must face and conquer our pain by healing our underlying issues and confronting our fears. 

The first step in healing is to seek help. This is your fork in the road. You can continue down the same path trying to handle things on your own or you can contact us so we can help you find the path that leads to peace. We will do our best to match you with one of our counselors that specializes in your area of struggle, or refer you to someone who does. 

How does therapy work?

Therapy is designed to make you aware of that which is beyond your awareness that may be causing damaging patterns in your life that you don’t know how to change. Your therapist is an outsider looking in. They are unbiased and can see things from a new perspective. When we have unaddressed issues, they tend to rule our lives in ways we don’t understand and often can’t even see. When the unconscious is running our lives, it can wreak havoc on our lives and mental health, leading to all sorts of problems. Healing our unconscious wounds allows us to make peace with our relationship to our past, to others, and to ourselves. As we bring the unconscious into conscious awareness, we become more empowered.  When we face our fears, they no longer rule over us.

What to expect during my first therapy session?

How your initial therapy session goes depends on your therapist and your goals. Typically, therapists will use your first session to gather your history, and explore your struggles, and establish your treatment goals. Your therapist will meet you wherever you are on your journey and will respect your level of comfort in sharing personal issues in your first session. You will have an opportunity to provide the therapist with some feedback on the initial Intake paperwork before your first session even begins.

How long should I do therapy and how often?

We refer to the logistics of your therapy as the treatment plan. While this may vary from therapist to therapist depending on their approach to counseling, the standard treatment plan is a 50-minute session once a week.  You and your therapist might decide together that you need more or less frequent sessions based on a variety of factors such as the severity of what you’re going through, cost and availability. Every therapist has a different approach so if you would like to talk with one of our therapist, you can request a free 10 minute consultation phone call where you can get a better sense of their particular style, frequency and treatment plan.

And the length of treatment can vary.  Everyone’s journey and treatment plan is different and the timeline depends on a range of factors including what issues you are addressing and how quickly you make progress.  We offer both short-term and long-term therapy and we tailor the plan to meet your needs and desires. We recommend at least 6 weeks for therapy to be effective, but it is also common for therapy to take 12-16 weeks before the clients goals are met.  And some choose to go on a “maintenance” plan after they have reached their goals where they continue their therapy sessions with less frequency, for instance, once a month. There is no set end date for therapy but there’s no obligation and you can stop whenever it feels right for you. 

How to get the most out of my therapy sessions?

How do I choose the right therapist?

Sometimes it takes time to find the right fit for your specific needs and to find someone that you feel like you can build a rapport with.

Other factors that can affect your decision on which counselor is best for you is whether that counselor is within your budget and available during the time you are also available. You can do several things to find the right match for you. First, you can read up on each one of our counselors on our website on our Meet the Counselor page. Secondly, you can talk to our Care Coordinator in our office to see who the best match for you may be. And lastly, you can request a 10-minute consultation call with a potential match to see if they are a good fit for you before booking your first session. At the end of the consultation, the therapist will be able to tell you if he/she thinks their skill set and experience are a good match for you. And if not, they may suggest another therapist in our center that is more specialized in your area of concern.

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A few things you should look for when selecting a therapist: