What to Expect in Therapy

For those who have an intense urge for Spirit and wisdom, it sits near them, waiting.

- Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

My Professional Philosophy

I believe that the best way for you to find your way through your issues is to turn toward them with the help of a safe, trusted other. So my goal is to be a safe, trusted other for you—to provide you with steadfast support through even the darkest places; meaningful guidance rooted in your own intuitions and abilities; and room for all your experiences and emotions. This seemingly simple process yields profound benefits and is grounded in the power of a trustworthy, authentic relationship to move you toward greater wholeness and balance.

This approach to my work with you is informed by:

The Therapeutic Process

In our work together, we will explore your experiences with a gentle curiosity toward what lies unseen and marginalized on the fringes. I will encourage and help you to gradually stretch yourself—to sense and express things you hadn't noticed; to become more comfortable with your emotions and thoughts; to consider unexpected sources of insight; and to generally begin hearing and trusting your ever-present inner wisdom. We will give full consideration to all that arises as meaningful road signs to wholeness. And I will always provide a confidential, safe, compassionate, and nonjudgmental space where you can have these experiences as you feel ready to do so.

This process of exploration and expanding your awareness allows us to create a unique therapy experience that is the right process for you, and it helps you in many different ways.

The Therapeutic Relationship

The therapeutic relationship is the foundation for what happens in psychotherapy. This means that the therapeutic process depends on the right fit between us and that we should feel comfortable with each other. I will strive to provide a space where you can fully express yourself, where you feel respected and all your thoughts, feelings, and experiences are welcome. And I will, in return, strive to be genuine with you.

Length of Therapy

Some people choose to spend multiple years in therapy, using it as a tool for exploring themselves and reshaping their lives; others want more targeted therapy, focusing on one or two specific issues. Both approaches can be helpful and facilitate growth. In your first session, we will talk about what you want to gain from therapy. These goals will be the guiding factor in beginning our work, and in the course of therapy, we will discuss how you are feeling about our progress on these goals. The decision about when to conclude therapy will depend on your overall desire to continue and whether you want to work on other things that come up in the course of our work. I believe that the decision to end therapy is just as important as the decision to begin it, and I will encourage our discussion of this topic as much as any other.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality is a cornerstone of psychotherapy. I will treat with great care all information you share with me, and it is your right that our sessions and my records about you be kept private. In all but a few rare situations, your confidentiality is protected by state law, the rules of my profession, and my personal integrity. And please know that I will never disclose your information for any reason without your knowing of my intent.