Do I need therapy?
Everyone goes through difficult challenges in life. While you may have been able to cope with the challenges you’ve encountered, it’s always a good idea to seek extra support when you need it. In fact, this first step is often the beginning of a new chapter in a person’s life. Therapy will give you long - term benefits and the skills you need to overcome future difficulties.
How can therapy help me?
There are many benefits to participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support and help you find relief for issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, stress, and relationship problems. Counselling is extremely valuable in promoting personal growth, strengthening connections and your attachment style, and for managing the many challenges we face in daily life. By utilizing therapy techniques, therapists can provide different perspectives on complicated problems or even guide you to a solution, maybe one that has been inside you all along.
What happens during therapy?
Therapy may be different depending on the goals for therapy and the needs of the person. Typically speaking, we will discuss the things that are currently happening in your life, things that happened in the past that are relevant to your issue, and review the gains you’ve made since the previous session. Ultimately, I want to help you apply what you’ve discovered or learned during therapy to your day to day life.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a specific model of evidence based therapy which means the research has shown it works! We develop a hieracrchy of anxiety provoking stimuli and a coping step plan for each level. The success of this model relates to the accuracy of the right plan for you, and the amount of "homework" or exposure you do in between sessions.
Medication vs. Therapy
Medication cannot solve your problems alone. Therapy is needed in order to address the source of your distress and behavior patterns. Sometimes medication can be helpful as part of a treatment plan. Let’s have a conversation about whether or not this is a good option for you.
Will our conversations remain confidential?
Confidentiality is a key component of therapy and is really important to me. What you discuss in a session will not be shared with anyone else. By law, your therapist can’t release this information without your written consent, except in the following situations:
•The therapist suspects there is past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults or elders.
•The therapist suspects the client is in danger of harming themselves or has threatened to harm another person.