Frequently Asked Questions
People often wonder: What does therapy really consist of? Obviously, that’s a complicated question! Briefly though, therapy is different for every person who seeks it. Maybe someone is utilizing the time to explore ideas and concerns of a general nature, such as career, relationships and beliefs. Others may be seeking to work directly on a specific issue, like anxiety, depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Every therapist is different as well, and so it’s important to see and work with someone with whom you feel comfortable. That comfort can take a session or two – so be patient and open with your therapist about how you’re feeling. Your therapist wants you to have a positive experience and will work with you to a make sure that happens! Successful therapy can provide you with tools that you can use for the rest of your life to monitor and manage situations that come up.
Another frequent question that comes up: Why does therapy cost so much? I appreciate this question! Often, it can be difficult to commit to therapy because of cost. I like to encourage people to consider therapy a true investment in themselves. Much like other things in your life that add pleasure and enjoyment, therapy comes at a price. The question becomes how much is someone willing to invest in their own future? What would it mean if you felt better much of the time? Were able to function better in your life? Be a better parent or employee or spouse? When we look at therapy from that angle, it often becomes an easy decision.
I have to be crazy or really struggling to seek therapy. This is a common misconception. Most people can benefit from therapy and do not need to be experiencing significant problems. Maybe you’ve noticed a decline in pleasure in your marriage – wouldn’t it be great to get assistance before things get really difficult?
Is there anything you can do to prepare for your first session? Absolutely! Coming prepared can really contribute to a productive first meeting. Some things to have in mind when you meet your therapist for the first time:
What are your hopes and goals for therapy?
What are you hoping to notice improving in your life after being in therapy?
What is working for you now? What’s not?
Also, please come prepared with your own questions for us! There are a lot of important questions to ask when deciding whether a therapist is the best fit for you. Among them are:
What is your training? Experience?
How do you conduct therapy?
How long are sessions?
Can discuss your treatment plan in terms of how long you expect our work together to take?