"We can transform loss into growth, change into insight and suffering into joy if we turn and face that which frightens us most about ourselves and our changing circumstances." - Elizabeth Lesser
The following is a list of frequently asked questions designed to help you make an informed choice about your individual therapist or counselor.
Read through the questions carefully. If the answers align with your expectations, we may be a good therapy match.
What is individual therapy or counseling?
Therapy or counseling is a series of confidential, face-to-face conversations designed to address the issues you feel are keeping you from having the quality of life you deserve.
What is your area of expertise?
Though I have helped people with breadth of issues over the years, I work particularly well with those experiencing transition-related grief (breakup, separation, divorce, job loss, mid-life, illness, death, etc.).
Are you accepting new clients?
At the moment, I do have one or two openings, provided you can be seen Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 3:00 PM. Prior to meeting face-to-face, I will schedule a fifteen-minute phone call with you to see if we are a good match.
How long does each session last?
Each session lasts approximately 50 minutes.
Do you work with children and adolescents?
My practice is geared toward helping people over the age of twenty-one. If you are seeking help for a loved one who is under twenty-one, I am happy to provide you with a referral.
How often will I attend therapy?
For the first eight weeks, I ask clients to attend weekly. This degree of frequency allows us to establish a strong foundation. It also helps build crucial momentum toward reaching your therapy goals.
How long will the course of therapy be?
The course of your therapy will be unique to you. I have seen clients achieve their goals in anywhere from eight sessions, to six months, to a few years. Most clients will start to notice some relief within the first twelve visits.
There is no hard-and-fast rule about the duration of therapy. Counseling tends to occur in "chapters." It is common for people to come in for one specific issue, achieve their stated goals around that issue, and either decrease the frequency of their sessions or, in some cases, stop coming altogether. There are also times when, after closing the first chapter, clients discover there are additional chapters to be written. I encourage my clients to trust that, when counseling is no longer necessary, together, we will know and address this accordingly.
Will I get better?
While I cannot guarantee individual outcomes, when the client-therapist fit is good, I can say that most people experience positive results from their counseling. I have every reason to believe, if you are willing to show up and work hard, you can be one of those people!
Is it true that counseling mostly focuses on the past?
Yes and no. Some therapists believe the key to your future lies in understanding your past. Personally, I have had the most therapeutic success balancing an understanding of the past with a clear focus on the present and future. To learn more about finding the right approach for you, click here.
Human beings are comprised of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. When these three things are out of alignment, we are more likely to experience unwanted symptoms like depression, anxiety, or even problems with our physical health.
I help people create or restore alignment between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors so they can lead more productive lives. To do this, it is important for us to establish a basic understanding of how you learned to think, feel, and act as you do. Knowing your past helps pave the way to newer, more productive ways of living and relating in the present.
What kind of person gets the most out of choosing you as their counselor or therapist?
I am most effective with people who:
are open to honest self-reflection and growth.
are fully accountable for their actions.
value gentle, honest feedback in service of reaching their therapy goals.
are ready to commit the time and resources their personal growth requires.
expect me to bring my best to every session.
Do you meet with people online?
Occasionally, I do meet with folks via video conference. This decision is determined on a case-by-case basis and is reserved for clients located outside of the greater Seattle area.
Do you accept insurance?
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How do I get started?
Getting started is easy. Call or email to schedule a free, fifteen-minute phone consultation. Listening to a brief description of your chief concern in your own words usually gives me a pretty good feel for whether or not I can help. If I am not the best person to assist you, in most cases, I can provide you with an appropriate referral.