Frequently Asked Questions
The following is a list of common questions new clients have when we start working together. Browse the list and see if any of them benefit you.
Can Counseling Help Me?
Counseling has been found to help people with a number of problems. If you experience:
- Thoughts, feelings or behaviors that are troubling you;
- Difficult things in the past that continue to impact you today;
- Concerns about a loved one; or
- Problems in a significant relationship-including problems at work or school.
Then counseling can likely be a great resource for you.
WILL I have to go to counseling for the rest of my life?
While this can vary tremendously, most people I see for counseling are able to resolve their initial concerns within 6-10 sessions. This is consistent with findings from a study published in 2011 in the Journal of Counseling Psychology that found 7-10 counseling sessions are often all that are needed for people to make significant life changes.
What type of counseling do I need?
That depends on what's going on. In general, people will get the most out of therapy when those who are most important to them are also involved, at least in some of their sessions. This is especially true for children and teens. Often, a balance between individual sessions (where you can learn more and develop yourself) and family sessions (where you and your loved ones can figure out how to work together) is ideal.
How common are mental health concerns?
Very! According to statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experience mental health concerns each year. In addition, 75% of all mental health concerns begin by age 24. This means if you're a teen or young adult and have noticed some things you're concerned about, this is a great time to start counseling to develop helpful strategies for coping.
Can you prescribe me medication?
No but in most cases, your primary care provider and I can work together on your behalf to identify if medications could be of benefit for your problems.
What type of therapy interventions do you use?
Each person needs an approach that takes into account their unique needs and from that perspective, there is no one size fits all model for therapy. In a similar way, each therapist has to decide what approaches best fit with their personality and perspective. From my education and experience in counseling, the following models are the ones I most commonly utilize. You and I will work together to find the best ones to help with your specific concerns.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a type of therapy developed specifically for managing and reprocessing traumatic events. It's also been found to help with other life problems. Check out our services page for more information.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (or CBT) explores how our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors influence and relate to one another.
Solution Focused Therapy helps us identify your personal strengths and resources that can assist you in facing your challenges.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (or DBT) teaches emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, mindfulness and distress tolerance.
Motivational Interviewing gives us tools for aligning what you want out of life with what you do each day that helps you get there.