How It Works
Curious about how to get started working with me as your therapist? Keep reading to learn how our work together will unfold.
The Discovery Call
The process begins with the first discovery call. Please take advantage of the free consultation. On this call, I’ll ask you questions about your current struggles and your view of what contributes to these struggles. I’ll share my impressions as well as get clear about your goals for coming into therapy.
You’ll have an opportunity to ask me any questions that you like. Once we confirm that we are a good fit for each other, we will schedule the initial session and move forward at your pace.
If we aren’t a good fit, I will do my best to offer you referrals of other providers who may be better suited to meet your needs.
The Initial Session and Beyond
The first session is scary and anxiety-provoking for most clients so if you notice this for yourself, be assured that this is normal and okay. One thing that scares a lot of would-be clients is the idea that I’m going to ask you a million questions and that you are going to freak out. That isn’t how I roll.
Most of what I’m doing in the first session involves both asking questions and paying exquisite attention not just to your verbal answers but also to how your body responds. One of my jobs consists of protecting your nervous system so that you don’t get stuck in overwhelm or shut down.
We will always go at your own pace. I recognize that your trust in me is earned and I plan on establishing that trust in service of your healing path.
New clients often want to know how long therapy will take. However, the thing about therapy and personal growth in general, is that you can’t rush the process.
Some clients only need a few solutions-focused sessions for specific life situations. I recently worked with one client who resolved his struggles after just one session! Other clients may need more sessions to deal with deeper concerns about themselves and their lives.
In general, each session offers you an opportunity to practice new skills, concrete skills to support your growth in between sessions. To support your growth process, I am a big fan of assigning meaningful, insightful homework and practices to replace old ways of coping that no longer serve you.
I make it a point to regularly check in with my clients about our work together to make sure they are getting their needs met as well as helping them to track progress made.
Me and You
The best therapeutic outcomes occur when a client:
- Gains insight into their patterns and programming.
- Connects with their body as an important ally in the transformation process.
- Consistently enacts behavior changes moving them in the direction they want to go.
My commitment to you includes:
- Practicing ethically and competently.
- Creating a safe, warm and non-judgmental environment.
- Willingness to honor, understand and connect with your in-the-moment experiences.
Ultimately, a trusting and collaborative relationship between the client and the therapist is the foundation for remarkable transformations to occur.
While I am a generalist, meaning that I am able to work with a wide variety of issues and diverse populations, here is a list of my specialties:
- Survivors of childhood abuse and neglect
- Sexual trauma
- Anger and rage
- Work life balance
- Guilt and shame
- Disordered eating
- Body image distress
- People pleasing
- Insecurity and self-doubt
- Professional burn-out
My ideal client is one who is invested in deep healing work.
If this sounds like you, please don’t hesitate to reach out and schedule a consultation with me.
There is so much love for you here.