What is therapy like?
Therapy is empowering, collaborative, focused, confidential, and a safe place to talk about your experience as well as your process. Therapy should feel hard and intense at times, but also focused on kindness, self care and compassion. It is normal to feel hesitant, nervous, or to even notice shame pop up at times- these are great things to talk about and explore as you experience them to create further safety and openness in your process.
What do we talk about?
Anything and everything! People talk about their close relationships, their family, work, stress, addictions, recovery, and life goals and dreams. Talk is a great way to process experiences and to sort out our emotions and places we feel stuck. At times it may feel at surface level and others we will plunge deep. We will check in along the way and talk about where we are going or where we need to focus in on which is most dependent on your own individual goals and needs. Is talk the only way? No! Although talk therapy is a primary way of getting to the good stuff, there are also other methods that we can use to take a break from talking or to just allow room for expressiveness! This could look like meditation, breathing practices, taking a walk together, having a meal together, or doing art together. Hopefully we’ll incorporate these into your work along the way.
How long does therapy take?
Therapy is an ongoing and collaborative process. Research tells us that most people notice improvement within 6-12 weeks of therapy. Some people are committed to a lifelong journey of therapy and feedback. Others may need it for a season or to get through some tough stages of life. Whether it’s 6 weeks or 6 years, there should be ongoing communication about trajectory and your individual goals and needs.
I have other providers and how does that fit in?
Great! There is so much value in a multidisciplinary team support approach. I regularly work with other psychiatrists, dietitians, and doctors to ensure we are collaborating in a holistic way and seeing all perspectives of your care and treatment goals.
What if I can’t afford it?
Therapy is an investment into your mental health and sustainability as a human. There will always be a pressure to neglect mental health for the sake of allocating money to other areas of life. We have to prioritize ourselves and our wellness. Finances can be a barrier to accessing this valuable resource and I understand that barrier. I offer a number of sliding scale spots to make therapy more accessible, I also provide resources to boost your connection to mental health tools. I will offer a superbill that you can provide to your insurance company. I can also provide you with other mental health options if finances continue to be a barrier. My hope is that all people have accessibility for mental health resources!
I’m unsure, can I just test it out?
Of course! Give me a call for a complimentary phone consultation or schedule an initial session so you can decide if we’re a good fit. Therapy is the most helpful when you are connected and you feel seen and heard! If you’re still reading, I encourage you to take the plunge!