What to Expect
Making the decision to begin therapy takes a lot of courage. More often than not we like to avoid change—especially when we know on some level the changes we need to make will be difficult. Most of the time people come to therapy in a moment of crisis. We may feel scared and feel an urgency to have the problem “fixed” as soon as possible.
While there are very few "quick fixes", therapy can help you work through the problems that are causing distress and offer tools for addressing problems in the future.
Therapy as a partnership
You can expect me, your therapist, to be safe, empathic, and compassionate. I will walk with you through the discomfort that inevitably comes as we talk about the things that are keeping you, your partnership, and/or family stuck. I will use my skills, training, and knowledge to help you with your specific situation and honor the expertise you bring with you about your own life and experience. I will periodically check in with you about your experience in therapy to give us the opportunity to make adjustments as needed. I may also ask you to try ‘experiments’ outside of the therapy room in order to keep the momentum going.
As the client, your role is to be as honest as you can about what is bringing you into therapy and have a general willingness to look at the problems and possible solutions in a new light. This can be challenging but also incredibly rewarding as you integrate what you have gleaned in therapy into your daily life and in your relationships. It is also important to give honest feedback about the therapeutic experience and allow for adjustments to be made if necessary.