Psychotherapy is like airing out a locked, dusty room we have been burying objects in for years. So far, we’ve been able to avoid it. But it’s now overflowing. Opening these doors means awakening memories, remembering the meaningful objects that have been hidden or misplaced and mourning their loss. Slowly dusting off each one, mending the rupture and holding it close once again. Learning what to keep and how to let go. Excavating that room is effortful and intentional – this takes time.
The length of your treatment depends on many factors like the severity of your symptoms, your desire to be in treatment, your commitment to doing “the work” in between sessions, the distance between where you are and where you would like to be, etc. Sometimes, goals are attained after just a few sessions. Other times, people may spend many months in treatment. And often times, folks come to therapy for awhile, find equilibrium, and then pause, resuming when they feel compelled to return. Keep in mind that therapy is an investment in your well-being and in your future.
Together we work on your identified problems or challenges. I gather all that information during the first scheduled appointment. I develop what is called a “Treatment Plan,” and together we discuss your goals for therapy. What you would like to work on. Together we work toward these goals. The treatment plan goals you make initially aren’t set in stone. Much like you, they’re unique, and can change as you accomplish or change your goals.
There has never been a more perfect time for therapy than now. Anxiety levels are through the roof. Isolation is taking a toll. Relationships are being tested. And existential crises abound. Life is really hard right now. While it may feel like a heck of a lot to sift through, know that you don’t have to do it alone. I’m here to help you navigate these odd and uncertain times.
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Absolutely! For your safety and mine most of my sessions are via telehealth(online). Engage in the transformative work of healing from the privacy of your own home.
No driving. No face masks.
Go to Contact page and click to ‘Schedule a appointment with me’. You will be redirected to Calendly, where you can pick the slot according to your convenience.
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.
This depends on the client and their issues.
I do ask you to practice the coping skills, behavior modification, mindfulness activities or other psycho therapeutic techniques we discussed in session. This is how we find out what works for you and what doesn’t. Sometimes I’ll give a client an informative handout, or questionnaire to look over and/or fill out. I don’t believe in working harder than the client. I encourage all my clients to do their part between sessions. Anyone can come into session, just to keep the seat warm, but that isn’t going to get you any closer to the results you want.
My experience has seen me work with both adults and children of varying ages and cultural backgrounds, presenting with a diverse range of complaints and conditions. I can communicate effectively and adapt my style and techniques according to individual needs and personalities. I enjoy the challenges of working with different people and find the work incredibly rewarding.
With all the training, education, experience and commitment to providing the best services to my clients, it doesn’t mean a thing if a client isn’t doing their part. You get out of it, what you put into it.
Sadly, no. I never acquired a taste for tobacco. Plus, I have a slight case of asthma, so me and smoke just don’t mix. I know, it’s a bummer. Sorry to disappoint.
As for the lying down, go for it. I have a couch, most people prefer to sit, but I’m all about shakin’ things up!
Yes of course, confidentiality assured!
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
A counselling psychologist’s job is to make you independent in every aspect of your life and make your own decisions. Therefore, dependence on me is unlikely to occur. If it does occur, understand that it is normal because you share so much of your life with me. I am, however, trained professionally and competent to take care of such dependency if it occurs.
The number of sessions depends on the severity of the case. The first session is usually an introductory and an icebreaker session, where you’ll feel comfortable and secure enough to speak with ease about your issues. Therefore, it will take more than one session to solve your conflicts.