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How does therapy work?

Individual therapy is a joint process between a client and therapist. Your session is a one-on-one time focusing on your personal goals.  Sessions are generally 45 minutes long but can be scheduled anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.  Topics covered in sessions can include processing your thoughts and feelings, learning strategies to manage difficult situations or emotions, identifying your strengths, thinking about relationships, work or school, and any other issue you’d like to discuss. I use an eclectic approach to meet your needs by using techniques pulling from the following theories: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Compassion Focused Therapy Relaxation Art Therapy Narrative Therapy Animal Assisted Therapy Psychodynamic approaches Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Intuitive Eating​ Family Systems / Internal Family Systems Humanist I love to learn new ways to help my clients and participate in regular continuing education.  The techniques I use evolve and change as I include new information, techniques, and thinking in my work.

Who benefits from individual therapy?

Almost anyone can benefit from participating in individual therapy. Psychotherapy provides people with an opportunity to learn things about themselves and develop new ways of thinking and interacting with others. No matter your age, therapy holds benefits including the potential to experience a significant reduction in feelings of distress, improved mood stability, increased satisfaction in interpersonal relationships, greater personal awareness and insight, increased skills for managing stress and resolutions to specific problems. However, outcomes are based on an individual-to-individual basis and are not guaranteed.

Are there any risks?

Although individual therapy may have potential risks, such risks are small and minimized as much as possible through work with a skilled therapist. Risks may include experiencing uncomfortable feelings, such as sadness, guilt, anxiety, anger, frustration, loneliness and helplessness. At times, you may be required to discuss unpleasant aspects of your life. Psychotherapy requires an active effort on your part, including practicing strategies discussed outside of sessions. Goals and the course of treatment will mutually be determined by the client (you) and the therapist (me). The length of therapy and the techniques used will be directly related to the identified goals and your needs.

How do I get started?

Contact me for a free phone consultation to discuss your concerns in more detail and to learn about how I work.

How much does it cost?

You will be provided with a detailed Informed Consent prior to your first session that outlines practice policies, including information about payment, insurance and fees.  To read more about my payment policies, see the Payment Policies & Disclosures page. ​

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