Is Therapy Right For Me?
I receive many calls or emails that include some mention of being nervous or unsure about coming to therapy. I promise, it's not as bad as it seems! A good therapist does much more than sit back and say "um-hmm" and "how does that make you feel". Coming to therapy is not admitting defeat or some sort of illustration that you are defective in some way. It is just the opposite! Entering therapy demonstrates that you recognize that you only get to live THIS EXACT LIFE ONCE and you want to embrace it, enjoy it, and experience it fully. It is never too late, and never wrong to reach out for support.
What if I Don't Know if I Want to Stay Married?
That's okay! I am certified in Discernment Therapy, which is a type of PRE-marital-therapy. The goal is to help both partners discover if they are able to commit to trying to remain married. It is short-term, 5 sessions, at the end of which you make one of three choices:
1. Keep things as is (remain in limbo). 2. Decide to try marital therapy for a minimum of 6 months (divorce is off the table). 3. Divorce/Separate (obtain referrals to mediators/lawyers/ongoing therapy). See Discernment Tab for more details...
What Should I Look For In A Therapist?
When you choose a therapist, pay attention to whether or not he/she values the therapist/client relationship. Many studies prove that the single most important variable to whether or not therapy will be successful is the "therapeutic relationship". Simply put - you have to trust your therapist and have a mutual respect between you. There are many of us in this field, some more "book smart" than others. Wade through the high volume of therapists to find someone with whom you connect; this will make you MUCH more likely to dig deep and do the work that you need to do to reshape your life. If we do not connect, I will give you referrals myself!
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.