Frequently Asked Questions
How long should I expect to be in therapy?
Your healing timeline is unique to you and can be hard to predict.
As a general rule, the more committed you are to making changes in your life, the quicker you’ll begin to see results. This means that it’s not necessarily the number of months that you are in therapy that matters, but how available you are to show up and do the work, both during and in between sessions, that counts.
Physical wounds heal at different paces depending on their severity, your overall health, and how they’ve been treated. Emotional wounds are no different. Working together we’ll find the treatment plan that’s right for you.
It is difficult, if not impossible, to accurately pinpoint the amount of time it will take to experience relief. Several factors contribute to the timeline, including the nature of the problem itself, how long it has persisted, how much support you have from others in your life, and how much work you put into solving the problem outside of our therapeutic relationship.
However long your therapy takes, know that I am committed to not wasting your time. I don’t believe that people should be in therapy indefinitely unless they want to be.
How frequently will we meet?
The standard in psychotherapy is to meet weekly, but there are many great reasons to deviate from this “rule.” I do not require clients to adhere to any particular formula, but I do ask that they are intentional in choosing a schedule that they can commit to.
Weekly sessions are a great place to start, as it affords us the opportunity to get to know each other and decide how best to proceed. During these first few visits we can discuss any changes to frequency that might make sense.
If weekly sessions start to feel like too much, we can plan to meet every other week. I have found that this model works best for those who want to schedule longer (2.5 hour) sessions but prefer to come in less often.
Some people find that once a week isn’t enough. For these clients I offer the opportunity to regularly schedule more frequent sessions, or come in more often as needed.
Self-development is a lifelong process, and I do not believe that transformation happens in a predictable or linear fashion. For this reason, the frequency and duration of sessions varies considerably depending on the person and the nature of the work.
What if I'm not interested in ongoing therapy?
While I believe there can be some benefit to exploring healing modalities “a la carte,” more substantial, lasting change often requires more committed dedication at the onset, with the possibility of reducing intensity once the therapeutic relationship is more clearly established.
Many people find that integrative psychotherapy is not only beneficial as a treatment model, but also lends itself to a wellness model, and can be used as a preventative tool as part of ongoing self-care. I welcome clients to return for “tune ups” as desired, and as such, find that many of my clients choose to remain engaged in this work long after any crisis that might have brought them into therapy has resolved.
How long is a session?
In-office visits are usually 75-minutes. 45-minute and 150-minute sessions are also available.
What if I come in and don’t like it?
You’re under no obligation to return. If working with me doesn’t feel like a good fit, please let me know and I’ll see if I can refer you to a colleague.