Frequently Asked Questions
If you have not had a physical exam in over a year, it is best to schedule one with your doctor prior to coming to therapy. This will help us to quickly rule out any physiological issues that may be contributing to the problem. Other than that, just bring yourself and a willingness to grow!
No. Only a medical doctor may prescribe medication. If I believe you need medication, whether psychotropic or otherwise, I am happy to make a referral to a physician I believe may best meet your needs.
Therapy is always confidential with a few exceptions: If you indicate an intent to hurt yourself or someone else; if you indicate having participated in or have knowledge of any child or dependent abuse or neglect. I often consult with other therapists about cases to ensure I’m providing best services possible; however, no identifying information is ever disclosed.
During your first meeting with a therapist, you can expect . . .
To be asked some questions about yourself and what brought you to therapy. A conversation to get to know the therapist and for them to get to know you.
To feel listened to and comfortable talking with the therapist. You should feel free to express yourself and talk about what is important to you. If you do not, let the therapist know so that you can discuss what to do about it.
If you do not feel that our relationship moving forward will not be a good fit I will be happy to refer to you to another therapist.
While many problems can be resolved in 6 to 12 sessions, the amount of time spent in therapy varies from case to case. After a thorough assessment, I will be able to provide you with a general idea. You can expect to attend once weekly to start.
Factors that influence how long therapy lasts include the complexity of the problem, the length of time you’ve experienced the problem, and the amount of time you devote to working on the problem in between sessions. It is usually best that we meet on a once weekly basis. Sessions are usually 50 minutes unless you specifically request otherwise.