Taking the First Step
I’m excited that you have taken the time to get the help and support you deserve. I look forward to working with you, if and when you decide to choose me as your partner in the therapeutic process.
I find it extremely helpful when prospective clients schedule an initial 15 minute phone consultation to discuss your goals for therapy/life coaching and if my skills and experience are a good fit. At the end of this consultation, we can decide to move forward with scheduling the initial in-person session. If we conclude that we are not a good fit, I will do my best to provide you with a few referral resources to help point you in the right direction.
My Ideal Client
My ideal client is in their 20s or 30s seeking support, insight and tools to better their relationships, career and overall life fulfillment. My ideal client:
- may be struggling with their role in their families, friendships and intimate relationships and how to manage those relationships.
- may struggle with being a people pleaser, perfectionism or the ‘impostor syndrome.’
- may have a hard time with being vulnerable and open in their relationships and lives.
- may struggle with anxiety and depression.
- may not like who they are.
- may struggle with how to deal with toxic or difficult people in their lives.
- may feel something is missing in their life.
- may lack the courage to create the change they want to see and need support to accomplish their goals.
- is motivated to get help.
- is aware they need to make a change.
- is willing to put in the work to help promote their own growth.
Benefits of Therapy
Participation in therapy or life coaching can result in a number of benefits to you, including improving interpersonal relationships and resolution of the concerns that led you to seek help. Working toward these benefits requires effort on your part and requires your active involvement, honesty and openness in order to change. I will ask for your feedback and views on progress and other aspects of the therapy and I will expect you to respond openly and honestly. Sometimes more than one approach can be helpful in dealing with a certain situation. During evaluation or therapy, remembering or talking about unpleasant events, feelings or thoughts can result in your experiencing considerable discomfort or feelings of anger, sadness, worry, fear or experiencing anxiety, depression, insomnia, etc.
I may challenge some assumptions or perceptions or propose different ways of looking at, thinking about, or managing situations that may feel upsetting or you may feel challenged or disappointed. Attempting to resolve issues that brought you to therapy in the first place may result in changes that were not originally intended. Psychotherapy may result in decisions about changing behaviors, employment, substance use, schooling, or relationships. Sometimes a decision that is positive for one family member is viewed negatively by another family member. Change will sometimes happen quickly, but more often it will take time and patience on your part. There is no guarantee that counseling will yield positive or intended results. During the course of therapy, I will utilize various therapeutic approaches according, in part, to the problem that is being treated, your choices, and feedback, and my assessment of what may benefit you. These approaches include but are not limited to supportive, psychodynamic, body-oriented, developmental, mindfulness, art, music or psycho-educational.
The Time Commitment
Most counseling clients come weekly. Committing to and prioritizing that time is ideal. Occasionally, people attend therapy more often. Others may reduce frequency once things improve. Longer sessions are an option for those looking to get a jump start or if there’s a need for more intensive work for a set period of time. Extended sessions can be helpful for busy clients who have trouble coming in weekly or who need intensive work.
About half of my clients come for a few months until they get back on track. This is considered shorter term counseling. Some clients use therapy for a period of time, take a break, and return when they are ready or need to do more work. About half of my clients benefit from longer term counseling. They may have long standing issues, difficult childhood or recent experiences, on-going stressors in their career, relationships, health, or families, or multiple issues that require a lengthier counseling process.
The Right Fit
Sometimes it becomes clear that a different approach or level of care is best or necessary. If I initiate terminating therapy with you, it will be because I feel that I am not able to be helpful or a higher level of care is indicated. My ethics and license requires that I have my clients’ needs as primary in treatment planning. If I no longer feel that I am the right resource for you, I will offer referrals to other sources of care, but cannot guarantee that they will accept you or how they’ll approach your treatment needs. Once you have stopped attending you are no longer under my care and our therapeutic relationship will be ended unless you reinitiate treatment with me.
Ending therapy well is important. Length of counseling varies and is ultimately up to the client, however, please let me know if you feel ready to complete this course of counseling so that we can have 1-2 wrap up sessions to solidify the gains you’ve made and so I can make recommendations to maintain progress.
Therapy or life coaching is truly an investment in yourself, and one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself.