Let's demystify the process...
Entering treatment can be exciting, nerve-wracking, and even intimidating. If you've never been to therapy before, you may be wondering what it will be like to start this process. I hope to provide you with some information that will help you get a clearer idea of what you can expect as we begin to work together.
The initial session(s) will consist of an evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation, I will be able to offer you some early impressions of what I think our work might look like. We would collaboratively discuss your goals for treatment. You will always be in the position to determine whether to continue with therapy.
The course of psychotherapy varies considerably, based on your particular situation, symptoms, and goals. Many different therapeutic methods may be applied in order to help you move toward positive and meaningful change. I will use both insight-oriented approaches, as well as more concrete skill development techniques, to help you achieve your goals. It's important to note that in order to have the best possible outcome, you will have to invest time and energy not only in our sessions together, but also in the time between our sessions, thinking about and working on the themes that we will have identified together. The ultimate goal of therapy is to be able to end our work together, and for you to move forward in your life from a position of increased strength, stability, happiness, authenticity and trust in yourself.
You should also know that research shows that psychotherapy has been linked to many benefits and positive outcomes, like better relationships (with others and with yourself), increased life satisfaction, increased self-efficacy, improved physical health, and reduction in distressing feelings. That being said, there are some risks involved in this process. Some risks may include experiencing uncomfortable emotions like sadness, guilt, anger, anxiety or shame when talking about and thinking about aspects of your life. I will always do my best to support you through the hard stuff in session. Feeling the hard feelings and talking about the painful/difficult stuff helps us to heal and transcend. Though those experiences may not be so pleasant, you won't be in it alone, and you will emerge from therapy as the '2.0 version' of yourself... more evolved, stronger, and with fewer kinks!