• When Does Psychotherapy Help?

    Psychotherapy is helpful when something is blocking you from feeling fully content in your life. Our work will address that barrier and help to resolve it.

    Psychotherapy can help you to resolve a particular problem, better understand, be with, and embody your feelings, and improve your relationships. It can heal long-standing childhood issues that include but are not limited to trauma and loss.

    Psychotherapy is an effective tool to help with:

    • Anxiety and Depression
    • Relationships
    • Loss and Grief
    • Healing from physical or sexual abuse
    • Physical or emotional trauma
    • Chronic Pain
    • Illness
    • Sexuality and gender issues
    • Parenting
    • Career transitions
    • Life transitions
  • How Does Psychotherapy Work?

    The first one or two sessions are spent asking questions about you, what brings you to therapy, why now, and what you’d like to work on. It’s ok if that’s not clear to you; we can find that out together. These initial meetings are also a good time for you to ask questions and to decide if the way I work is a good fit for you.

    If you feel it’s not a good fit, I’m happy to help you find another therapist.

    If we decide to continue working together, we might then set some goals, general goals and more specific ones; short term goals and long term goals that will serve as a guide in our work. We can revisit your goals from time to time and see if you feel they’ve been accomplished, or to set new goals.

    The way we work will depend on your goals. If your goal is to gain tools for current-life issues, our work will be more narrow and focused. If your goal is to heal long-term patterns or trauma, or to understand yourself more deeply, the focus will be broader and deeper as well.

  • What is Somatic Experiencing®?

    Somatic Experiencing® was developed by Peter Levine, Ph.D. It is a naturalistic and gentle way to work through difficult or traumatic experiences by encouraging the nervous system’s inherent ability to reset itself and heal.

    In my experience, regardless of whether there is trauma, the healing process is deeper and more lasting when talk therapy is coupled with the felt sense of experiences and thoughts in the body’s sensory system.

    For more information on Somatic Experiencing® visit:

    www.traumahealing.com

  • How long does a therapy session last?

    A therapy session generally lasts 45 minutes.

  • How often do we meet?

    Therapy is most helpful when engaged once per week or more, though depending on your goals once every two weeks can work too.

    Therapy only works if it’s engaged regularly over a period of time. It’s very much like exercise, beneficial when done regularly.

  • How long does therapy last?

    How long therapy lasts depends on the person’s ability and/or motivation to change, and also on the number and severity of issues. If your focus is with present-life stressors a few sessions might be enough to give you the tools you need to cope.

    If you want to work through early childhood issues/trauma or more current trauma that is causing present-life difficulties, or if you’d like to explore and understand yourself more deeply, therapy takes longer. Some people find it helpful to use therapy on an ongoing basis.

    It’s also possible to take a break and come back when new challenges come up.

  • Ending therapy

    Ending therapy is just as important to talk about as starting it.

    When we end therapy depends on whether you feel you’ve reached the goals you came to therapy to reach, and whether you feel you’ve integrated the tools you’ve gained into your life.

    Generally both therapist and client know when it’s time to end therapy.

    Sometimes there may be a desire to end therapy because your life has improved and issues have been resolved enough to move on.

    Other times there may be a desire to end therapy because difficult feelings are coming up that are hard to be with. In fact usually at some point in therapy difficult emotions do come up; it’s a necessary ingredient for good therapy. At those times it’s important to stay and work with it.

    The main thing to remember is that it’s important to talk about anything and everything that comes up, including any questions you might have in this regard.

  • What are your fees? Do you take insurance?

    I take some insurance plans but if I’m not on your insurance company’s panel, I’m happy to help you file for out–of–network reimbursement or to work out a fee that works for both of us. Please contact me to discuss finances.