What are the benefits of therapy?
Therapy can provide a safe environment for people to seek understanding about why they feel a certain way or why they behave the way they do in order to promote wellness and personal growth. Therapy has been shown to relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety, promote healing from trauma, changing maladaptive behavioral patterns, and improving the quality of relationships. Sometimes people are seeking therapy for specific treatment issues (i.e. anxiety or depression), others seek therapy to gain clarity and self-actualization. Whatever the reason people seek therapy, ensuring safety, and building a trusting relationship with your therapist is imperative for healing.
These benefits may also require a lot of effort and collaboration from the client. This includes active participation in the therapeutic process, honesty, and a willingness to change feelings, thoughts and behaviors. There is no guarantee that therapy will yield any or all of the benefits listed above.
What are the risks of therapy?
Therapy allows space for people to access challenging emotions which may have been “stuffed down” or avoided in the past. Sometimes bringing up vulnerable emotions is painful and if a person is open to working through these emotions in healthy ways, healing is possible.
How long will I be in therapy?
Each session is 50 minutes long. In the beginning stages of therapy when I am getting to know you and the reasons for seeking services, I recommend weekly sessions. Once treatment goals are identified we can create a plan for how often sessions will occur. Length of treatment fully depends on what issues are being presented and when you and I agree that your goals have been met. For some people treatment is relatively short term whereas other people want to continue a longer term therapy relationship.
Is therapy confidential?
The information disclosed by a client is generally confidential and will not be released to any third party without written authorization from Patient, except where required or permitted by law. Exceptions to confidentiality, include, but are not limited to, reporting child, elder and dependent adult abuse, when a patient makes a serious threat of violence towards a reasonably identifiable victim, or when a patient is dangerous to him/herself or the person or property of another.