Frequently Asked Questions

Facts & Questions

Why Do People Seek Counseling Services?

People come into therapy for many reasons. Some need help responding to unexpected changes and crisis' in their lives while others have a need for self-exploration and personal growth. When our usual way of coping is ineffective we may seek other means of easing our discomfort. Counseling can provide support, problem-solving skills, and a new way of viewing our situation. The discomfort you experience may show up in numerous ways such as depression, anxiety, numbing or lack of emotion, lack of confidence, guilt, relationship issues, unresolved childhood issues, bereavement, spiritual conflicts, stress, body image issues, and creative blocks. Counseling services are most effective when the client is willing to take responsibility for their actions and become more self-aware.

What Can I Expect In A Counseling Session?

During sessions you have the opportunity to talk about the primary concerns and issues in your life. A session lasts approximately 45 minutes. You may request a longer session. Depending on your stress level and means of payment, weekly sessions are often beneficial in the beginning. When in crisis or extreme distress more than one session per week may be necessary. During the time between sessions it is beneficial to think about and process your thoughts and feelings about the session. I may recommend homework to be completed between therapy sessions, such as reading material, journaling, and keeping records. For therapy to most effective you must be willing to be actively involved both in and outside of the therapy sessions.

Some of the areas that I can foster growth include . . .

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications skills - learn how to listen to others, and have others listen to you
  • Getting "unstuck" from unhealthy patterns - breaking old behaviors and develop new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems
  • Greater intimacy in relationships
  • A clearer understanding of who you are
  • Increased inner peace
  • Increased Passion for living
  • Greater sense of freedom
  • Increased sense of empowermen
  • Improved understanding of self
  • Increased self acceptance
  • Learning to take good care of yourself
  • Beginning to love yourself as you are

Call me for an appointment if any of the following statements are true and apply to you:

  • you want more than mere survival
  • you are feeling dissatisfied with life
  • you are noticing negative patterns in yourself and your relationships and wonder if there is a better way
  • if you are motivated to see that life can be different for you