What to Expect in Therapy

The decision to seek therapy or coaching is personal and courageous.

Not only is it difficult to look closely at yourself or your life situations, but it is often uncomfortable to feel vulnerable in front of a stranger. You might fear being judged or not understood.

The results are immeasurable however, to have a professional to work with you and guide you along the path toward your goals. This work often enhances your physical as well as emotional health, and promotes honesty and higher levels of love, intimacy, calm and satisfaction in your life.

Therapy is not friendship, though can be friendly. I will challenge and support you in ways that a friend could not, and through my training and experience, as an expert in niche' areas such as female trauma, stress and anxiety, I can help you to find solutions and insight that will help you from whatever is holding you back.

Many of my clients have benefited from the confidential and professional relationship, even when they begin to disclose personal details that they've never told anyone else before. That very experience alone, can be incredibly liberating.

Some clients prefer discussion and hypnotherapy, while others achieve greater results with art, eco-therapy or yoga therapy. Some clients appreciate my focus on spirituality, and share with me their religious foundation and we bring this into the session as well.

There are a few ways that we can work together.

1:1 Sessions

  • Open-ended: Many clients come to enjoy sessions and schedule weekly, bi-weekly or monthly sessions just to share whatever is on their mind, to gain clarity and focus on enriching their lives.
  • Structured: Some clients prefer highly detailed programs where they are measuring specific goals and have informed plans to follow.

Both of these options are solution-based, in different ways.

These sessions can be in-office or distance-via telephone or video, and even in a HIPAA-secure Chat on my patient portal.

Group Sessions 

Group sessions are a supportive, motivating space to experience self-awareness and healing. These programs are able to lift feelings of isolation and aid in social skill building, social anxiety reduction and help each individual be both a leader and supporter. No one is ever forced to speak or be active in group sessions. There are times where a client might decide to be very silent, pass on speaking and simply observe; this can be healing and comforting.

Group sessions may be in office, distance online or in retreat settings.

 

Frequency

The frequency of sessions depends on a few variables; your needs, desires and what stage you are in, in your situation. Many clients feel that weekly sessions serve them best when in crisis or periods of struggle. This often tapers off and they participate in “calibration” sessions, enrichment programs or the distance program to keep on a rooted path.

Average Frequency

Many times women will ask “What is an average though, of therapy?”

With me, short-term therapy is about eight to ten sessions.

Women who might have suffered betrayal, such as a cheating partner, might find that it takes a few months to fully regain themselves from that experience.

Disordered eating could take several months plus a longer calibration.

Teenagers often benefit from weekly, bi-weekly or calibration throughout their academic careers, since they struggle more with developing identity and peer pressure.

As a rule of thumb, it usually takes about three sessions to build a solid professional trust and to begin learning the root issues that brought the situation to fruition.

As you can see, it really depends on many variables.

Expect Overlap

Many times the situations that bring you to therapy or coaching, or even the distance programs, will overlap. For instance, you might decide that you need stress reduction and we might notice that we are soon working on organizational skills, anger management and coming to peace with your sexual energy.

A teenager might be brought to therapy and coaching for poor grades or high risk behavior; but the overlap might be self-esteem, anxiety, a learning disability or a potential trauma that was never brought to the parents attention.

This does not mean that therapy will necessarily be longer, but it might become layered, and we will discuss this every step of the way.

 

If you'd like to learn more about what happens in a visit, feel free to email [email protected] and schedule a free 15-minute consultation.

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