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Is something holding you back from living the life you want?

Is something holding you back from living the life you want?

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 


Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult situation, enhance your coping skills, and provide support, can clarity, and release of troubling emotions. Therapy can provide a confidential safe place for you to explore you feelings, thoughts, and behaviors in a safe non-judgmental atmosphere and gain a stronger sense of self.

Therapy can help you set and reach goals, make desired changes in your life, and gain a new awareness about yourself and others. Sometimes people come to therapy because of a particular issue in their life and others seek therapy because they want to feel “stuck” and desire more fulfillment in their life.



Prior to your first appointment, you will be asked to complete a confidential questionnaire, which will help me get to know you better. My goal is to create a warm compassionate relaxed setting where you feel comfortable to discuss what brings you to therapy. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions about the therapeutic process and a change for us to connect. I will ask you some open ended questions to get to know you more in contents of the issue that brought you to therapy. Therapy is a collaborative effort between the therapist and the client, and together we will identify your goals for therapy. Together we will explore potential solutions to current situation, enhance coping skills, build open your strengths, and create a stronger sense of self.



I believe that everyone has the ability to makes changes, gain understanding, build upon their strengths, and heal, given the right resources and support. I use an eclectic approach, which allows for flexibly of techniques because everyone’s situation is unique. My primary background is in cognitive behavioral therapy, person centered and solution focused. Experience has demonstrated that the relationship between the client and the therapist is one of the strongest catalysts for growth, change, and understanding. I strive to create a safe, nonjudgmental, and confidential atmosphere, which promotes healing, growth and empowerment to live the life you desire.



Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and therapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter. I will provide you with a written copy my confidential disclosure agreement. By law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission, except in a few limited situations.

Legally there are some exceptions to this rule and these situations are rare. I will make every effort to speak to you about this beforehand. A therapist must report the following situations to appropriate authorities:

• Suspected abuse
• Threat of serious harm to another person
• Threat of harm to client himself or herself

I practice under the guidelines of the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2010) and the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics Section B: Confidentiality.



Appointments for individual therapy are 50 minutes, and 1 hour and 20 minutes for couples.



That depends on your individual situation. Some clients come every week, and others come less frequently. After your first session we can discuss how many sessions we think you might need. I typically recommend that you start with 6 to 8 sessions. After that we can review where you are in the process and decide from there. Ultimately it is your decision on how long to continue with therapy, and I want you to come as often, or as rarely, as is best for your situation.



Please contact me to discuss this.



Fees are paid at the end of each session. First appointments are requested to please pay in advance via pay pal.



A 24-hour cancelation is requested, otherwise you will be charged for the session.



Payment is made at the end of each session via cash, pay pal or bank transfer. I do not take insurance, however I can supply you with a receipts to send to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. You may want to check with your insurance company to see if any of these services are reimbursable.

 

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