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Is it OK to say I am shopping for a therapist?
Absolutely! Interview several. Be wary of therapists who dismiss the idea of you interviewing more than one. Many therapists will expect payment for the initial interview in their office, although many offer a free phone consultation for up to 20 minutes.
What should I ask a potential therapist?
I have found that the main question people have of potential therapists is, “can you help me.” In answering that question, you probably want to know about their philosophy and how they believe change occurs. What will happen in therapy sessions with that particular therapist, and perhaps, what’s different about their therapy than other types of work.
How long are therapy sessions?
My therapy sessions are generally 50 minutes in length and are weekly, although sometimes more frequent or longer sessions are suggested, depending on what you need.
How confidential are the sessions?
By law, Marriage and Family Therapists are required to keep ALL therapy content confidential, except when we are required to disclose things permitted or mandated by law, such as abuse or harm to self or others.
I tried therapy before and it didn’t work, why should I try it again?
Sometimes the chemistry between the therapist and client or the therapeutic modality just isn’t a good fit. Just as you may find one medical doctor is a better fit than another, you may find a different therapist a more comfortable fit than another. Also, you may be in a place in your life now where you are more ready to change than you were historically.
If I am depressed or anxious, are you going to make me take medication?
I don’t believe that medication is always the solution, although in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I don’t prescribe or monitor medication, however I maintain a vast network of resources, and can refer you to a Psychiatrist if needed.
What types of questions should I ask myself?
Before coming to therapy, you might ask yourself “what are my goals, and am I ready to make a commitment to myself and the therapy process to reach them?” After meeting a therapist, ask yourself “do I feel like this therapist can help me reach my goals?” “Do I feel comfortable and do I want to come back for more sessions?” “Am I willing to do the work necessary to participate in therapy, like showing up on time for my scheduled sessions, even if difficult feelings arise?”