These are some of the frequently asked questions about my practice and about the process of counseling/therapy?

Licensed Professional Counselors are not medical doctors and are therefore not able to prescribe medication. Usually I offer my clients a variety of coping skills and techniques to manage symptoms before suggesting medication. Some individuals are already on antidepressants and other medicines before coming to therapy, and in that case, therapy is not meant to take the place of the recommendations of your doctor. If you do want to find out if medication will help you, I will give you a referral or advise you to see your Primary Care Physician, Psychiatrist or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

In my practice, the words counseling and therapy are the same and are interchangeable. The first session is an assessment where I will be asking you a lot of questions about your personal history, your presenting problem, and recent incidents that made you decide to seek help. I also have a few simple screening tools I use to gain an understanding of any symptoms you are having. I will never ask you to share anything with me that you are not ready to talk about. I realize that it takes time for the therapeutic relationship to develop and for me to earn your trust.

After finding out what your goals are for therapy, I will make some suggestions about different types of therapeutic approaches that may be helpful for you and that you can choose from. Together we will establish a treatment plan which includes frequency of sessions, goals, and methods used to obtain goals. It is always your choice how you want to use your sessions.

There is not a universal answer to that question. Each person is different and so is the length of time one takes to fully achieve goals. If you have questions about that or anything else, I will be happy to answer them when you and I meet.

Friends and family can be very helpful when going though a crisis or adjustment in life. However, as a therapist, I am unbiased and generally see problems through a different lens than those closest to you. Also, I am trained in many treatment approaches and can offer you more than “talk therapy” if you so choose. There are many tools in my toolbox which I will be happy to share with you. Also, when talking with me you can be assured of confidentiality as stated in the office policy form.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a powerful psychotherapy approach that has helped over an estimated two million people relieve many types of psychological distress. It is a neurologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way. It is done in my office during a regular session and with no additional charge. EMDR is used for working through the thoughts and feelings attached to trauma memories. It is also used for a variety of other psychological conditions.

As a therapist I am very dedicated to helping you on your journey of self-discovery. I will support you in the steps you make toward the attainment of your goals. What happens between sessions is an important part of the process. Therefore, from time to time I may suggest exercises, journaling or reading materials that you may find useful to use between sessions if you so choose.