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Have a question you would like to ask? There is no such thing as a bad question when it comes to mental health. Check out the answers to the FAQs below, and do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any additional questions.
HOW LONG DOES EACH THERAPY SESSION LAST?
A typical therapy session between 45-60 minutes in length. However, for coaching, shorter sessions may be appropriate. Session length can be adjusted depending on need.
WHAT DOES THERAPY FEEL LIKE?
The process of therapy should feel varied between highs and lows. That is to say, therapist will know how to orchestrate the flow of the session. Some sessions may start timidly, other sessions may start with intensity. The role of a therapist is to provide and guide the flow of the session to where the client is ready to visit. There is no enforcement to what “should” we discuss — unless clinically relevant. The metaphor I would use to describe therapy would be “sleeping on a slightly uncomfortable bed.” The “bed” will allow you to nap on it but it would never allow you to hibernate.
WHAT MIGHT A COUNSELOR OR THERAPIST FEEL LIKE?
Do expect to find or feel a combination of the following; Genuineness. Safety. Warmth. In addition to an ability to balance clinical knowledge. I will work with you to help facilitate your growth as a person.
DO THERAPISTS OFFER SPECIFIC SOLUTIONS TO SPECIFIC PROBLEMS?
My role is not to impose my ideas of what you “should” do or not do in your life. Rather, I will work with you to help you discover the answers to your own questions.
WHAT DO YOU RELY ON WHEN MAKING CLINICAL ASSESSMENT?
Mental Health Counselors or Therapists must always adhere to the practice of ethical considerations as bases of intervention. Moreover, they must be versed in the application of diagnostic criteria of disorders. Personally, I approach my clients from the perspective of “normalcy.” Meaning to say, I try to feel and understand how an individual might have experienced certain events that changed their interaction with reality. This understanding results in building a therapeutic-relationship that - I believe - is basis of conducting therapy.
WHEN DO I KNOW THAT I NEED A THERAPIST?
We go through ebbs and lows in life. Sometimes, everything seems clear and in place. Other times, we seem to be unable to think clearly or feel the effects of being depressed. I do believe that we have an innate ability to know when we cannot handle things ourselves; it is that dark place that we are familiar with but it happens to each of us differently. My role as a professional is to answer to that “ability” and respond therapeutically.
WHAT IS EXPECTED FROM ME AS A CLIENT?
It is essential to know that the therapeutic process is about You. As a client you need to be present in more than just a physical manner. The synchronization of being present in body, mind, and spirit needs time and is processed differently from one person to another.