Expect to come to therapy with some nervous energy inside. It feels scary to meet a stranger, tell them personal information, and possibly show strong emotions and vulnerability. It takes courage to come face to face with feelings,memories and beliefs that are uncomfortable and may require you to make some changes in order to feel better. At the end of the first session most clients speak of feeling relief or ‘lighter’ after feeling seen and heard in this non-judgemental and safe environment.
“when you share your darkest secrets and mistakes with another person who listens without judgement,it is like shining a light in the darkness.”
Dr. Daniel Ornish
We will discuss what you are noticing in your daily functioning that may be causing you concern. How long have you noticed particular limiting patterns or habits? What needs to change in order for you to feel more alive and whole? What long held beliefs do you carry that are no longer useful?
How do you see therapy being helpful? What has helped in the past? Also a look into your family history, caregivers, any traumas, major losses, medications, and more will be assessed in the first several sessions.
Based on your sharing of concerns and history, together we will discuss treatment options that best fit your needs. I often give reading assignments, journaling options, and/or some form of “home practice” throughout this process.
Our work together will include a continual check on your progress to determine the frequency of sessions and ongoing discussions of new or changing concerns or needs.