If you are interested in becoming a new client, please review all of my office policies carefully. When you agree to become a client, you are also agreeing to comply with all of these policies.
What You Should Know About Therapy:
As a therapist, I feel it is important for you to know what therapy is and what I, as a therapist can and cannot do for you. I also believe you should know what to expect and what not to expect, so you can make an informed choice about seeing me, or any other therapist.
I am trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist. What this means is that I specialize in helping people deal with problems that involve their relationships. The overall aim of therapy is to help you improve the quality of your life, and more specifically, your relationships with other people. The areas that I specialize in typically involve working with individuals. I am able to work with couples and families as well, but most of my practice involves working with individuals. The idea is that through providing a nurturing, supportive, client-centered environment, with specific therapeutic techniques, you will grow as an individual, gain insight into your strengths, learn about how and why you think the way you do, learn alternatives that will make things more satisfying to you and at the end of it all, you will end up more satisfied personally and in your relationships with other people. Healing your psyche promotes better relationships as well as improving your own quality of life.
I am not a life coach and I am not a counselor. I will not tell you what to do to solve your interpersonal problems nor will I give you advice as to what you should do. My role is to be a supportive professional who collaborates with you to improve upon areas that you feel dissatisfied with in your life. If you come to me with a relational problem, we will use therapy to explore the things that are happening in that relationship and consider things that may influence interpersonal problems together. By participating in this process of exploration and uncovering, you will ultimately make decisions and choices that you determine are in your best interest. It is not my job to make these decisions for you. I will never be able to walk in your shoes or live with the consequences of decisions you make. Therefore, it is unethical for me, as a therapist, to give you advice that could have unknown or unforeseen consequences to you.
Therapy is a process of uncovering, learning and exploring yourself and your world. The goal is to help you gain a better understanding about yourself and your interpersonal relationships. Because in therapy we will explore your life, this process can be very emotionally painful and may cause conflicts in your current relationships. There are never any guarantees that therapy will make things better for you or in troubled relationships. By going through the process of therapy, you will end up making choices in your life that you may not have anticipated before coming to therapy. People in therapy go through many personal changes as they discover more about themselves and their relationships with the people around them. Sometimes they learn that some relationships are problematic and need to be terminated while others can be strengthened and nurtured to be more satisfying. Therefore it is important for you as a consumer to be aware that by committing yourself to this process of self-exploration, there will be risks of experiencing more pain in order to heal emotionally, and things in your life may get worse before they get better. Unfortunately this is a part of therapy and healing. There isn't any way around this, but if you are able to make the commitment to therapy, it should prove to be ultimately very rewarding.