Why consider therapy?
You are experiencing stress and tension, anxiety and depression, self-confidence issues, relationship turbulence, career confusion, or any other aspect of living that doesn’t feel right to you. You already have strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason aren’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths.
How does change occur?
In a supportive and nonjudgmental environment, you will learn to clarify thoughts, use your strengths effectively and change behavior. You will learn to calm yourself down via meditative practice and reduce your fears over time.
Should I go to a psychiatrist instead?
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in understanding how medications for mood disorders interact with the body and other medications you may be taking. Some psychiatrists may provide occasional therapy but they primarily provide medication. Licensed Mental Health Counselors are Masters Level professionals. Often referred to as Psychotherapists, Mental Health Counselors specialize in understanding mental health but do not prescribe medication.
Why not just take medication?
Medication treats symptoms, and in some cases might be a helpful compliment to counseling, in the short term. Long-term solutions cannot be achieved through medication alone. Consult with your primary care physician or psychiatrist, and they will most likely agree that an integrative approach to wellness leads to the best results.
Why not just confide in my best friend or family?
Friends and family are often important and well-intentioned parts of your support system. However, a mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way, teach you new skills, offer different perspectives, listen to you without judgment, bias or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential.
What about confidentiality?
Law protects the relationship between therapist and client, and information cannot be disclosed without your written consent. It is an important component of our therapeutic relationship and designed to ensure safe and open communication in a judgment free environment. The only exceptions are if and when there is suspected child abuse/neglect or when a client threatens harm to self or others, in which case every effort is made to ensure the safety of those affected as required by law.
Once we have made our first appointment. What happens next?
All I need is your email address and phone number. I will send an email from my secure client portal giving you access via a login and password. Once you are logged into the portal, you will be asked to review and sign documents detailing the practice and privacy policies, and informed consent for treatment. You will also be asked to complete some demographic information and a brief questionnaire about what you are experiencing. All of this should take less than 15 minutes. The client portal is a safe and secure way for us to manage your private information, send appointment reminders and share documentation. You can access the portal at any time via this website. It is easy to use, safe and paperless!
Are you ready to get started?