How Therapy Works
Relationship with Your Therapist
Therapy will only be as good, transformative, and ultimately life-changing as the relationship you are able to create with your therapist.
This means (perhaps, for the first time in your life) you will have to practice trusting, so that you can show up fully and experience safety in a relationship.
While not always easy, this has been found to be a profound step that leads to deep growth and healing.
Ultimately, the more you can relax in a relationship and discover who you truly are, the more you will be able to own your uniqueness and move through the world with authenticity, strength, and integrity.
Because the right fit between client and therapist – me and you – is so important, I offer a free 30-minute phone consultation before we begin meeting face-to-face.
I find this to be a helpful way to learn more about you, what you may be struggling with as well as where you want to go, in addition to giving you the space and time to ask me any questions you may have about how I work.
What should I expect for the first session?
The first session is a bit different than the rest. I will learn about your past and what life was like growing up for you, as well as your current goals and what specifically you’d like to work on in therapy. I also invite you to ask any questions you may have for me, because the “right fit” between us is so important. I also am a big fan of “homework”, or giving you practical tools you can practice right away, so that you hit the ground running, so to speak, in terms of your process.
If, for any reason, you or I decide we aren’t quite the right match, I will refer you to a therapist or provider who may be a better fit.
Ultimately, we use the first session to create a clear road map for the work ahead of us, begin to establish and build a safe and trustable relationship, and send you out the door with practices and tools to use right away.
How long will this process take?
The answer to this question is so personal, and dependent on you! I’ve had clients achieve their goals in as little as 4 months, and I’ve had some clients stay on for years, because the nature of what they wanted to transform was so foundational and deep. It’s really up to you; how far you want to go, what skills you have upon entering therapy (is this brand new for you, or have you been in therapy before?), and the specific goals and topics you want to work on. I am happy and honored to meet you where you are, right now, and you get to choose how long we work together and how far we go.