Frequently Asked Questions

Plus Answers to Your Frequently
Asked Questions

I’m nervous about starting therapy. Is that normal?

It’s totally normal to be nervous about starting therapy. It can be difficult to have faith that therapy will bring you relief. The fear around that can feel overwhelming. Getting the counseling we need can be challenging. And although it's normal to be nervous, that doesn't make it feel great. It takes courage to continue towards getting the help you need.

Therapy is a space where you can be yourself and bring up whatever is going on for you, including feeling nervous. I’m committed to finding a way to care for your nervousness and ensure sessions are as comfortable as possible.

I’m here if you want to talk about it during a free phone consultation.

How do I know if you are the right therapist for me?

Take your time to read through my website. If you sense that I may be a good fit based on what you are reading, you can Email me.

During a free phone consultation, you can ask me ask how I work as a therapist, or any other questions you may have that are specific-to-you. You’ll also be able to share what’s going on for you and I can share my ideas around how I can help you.

It may be helpful to think of the first few sessions as trying out the waters together. During the sessions, you’ll be able to see how you feel working with me. My approach is not going to work for everyone. What’s most important to me is that you find someone who you feel is the right fit for you. We can explore that together.

What if I don't want to talk about something?

If something feels overwhelming or even terrifying to discuss, that's actually very normal. It can often feel difficult to talk about some things.. During our sessions, it will always be up to you if you feel ready to talk about something or not. It’s my job to give you space to slowly start to work through the tough stuff. Gradually and at a pace that feels comfortable to you, you can share what you feel ready to share.

You can also share with me that you are nervous to open up about something and we can talk about that too. Whatever is present for you. Whatever you are going through. Bring that to session and we can explore that together.

I’m scared that if I open up, you will think I’m crazy.

If you open up to me, I will not think you are crazy, I will think you are unique and human. Many of my clients have had the same fear (that people would think they are crazy).

Through my own life journey and working with my clients, I know how ‘normal’ your experience is.

I believe you. Nothing you can say will cause me to judge you.

I know many of us are overwhelmed, we all struggle, we may have normal reactions to abnormally challenging experiences.

Whatever it is you're going through, I provide a calming space where I respect you and and listen with focus and compassion.

Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?

It can be concerning feeling like things you say or do in therapy could "get out." So I want you to know that unless you are in danger or someone else is, your story is confidential and your time in the session is protected.

I highly respect your privacy and value your trust.

You can rest assured that you can talk about anything without fear of that information getting out.

If you have specific questions about how confidentiality works, you can ask during your during a free phone consultation or anytime during our work together.

How long will therapy take?

You might be asking about how long therapy will take because you are currently struggling and want relief fast.

If this is true for you, I want you to know that on average, my new clients start seeing progress after the first 3-5 sessions.

By that point, they they feel a little more calm and hopeful that healing is possible.

The total duration of therapy varies from client to client. Some of my clients find 3-6 weeks to be enough to resolve immediate challenges. While other clients feel more supported by longer term therapy.

We will work together to find the length of time that works for you.

What can I expect during the first session?

Overall, you can think of the first session as I conversationally approach our first session with an assemment however my clients needs are prioritized if they are seeking immediate focus on particular issue. History can be gathered in a 2nd session and as needed. I consider good therapy to have element of assessment all the time. . I’ll invite you to share more about yourself and we can also talk about what’s worked or not worked for your mental health in the past.

Some questions that I like to ask during a first session include:

What brought you to therapy?
What goals would you like to reach by going to therapy?
What do I need to know about you to understand your current challenges?

You can ask me questions as well. You might be curious about about my experience or how future sessions work.

The most important part of a first session is to experience what therapy is like with me. If you feel supported, seen, and at-ease with me, we can discuss if you’d like to meet again.

How can I get started?

I'm here to talk during a free phone consultation where you can share what’s going on for you and I can share my ideas around how I can help you.

Email me today to get your free phone consultation at [email protected].