Counseling (also called therapy, psychotherapy, or “talk therapy”) is all about having a professional you trust and can open up to about your problems in a confidential setting. Depending on your presenting issue(s), needs, schedule, and finances, you would typically have an appointment with me every week or every other week (or eventually even on a monthly basis, for the maintenance phase).
My job as the therapist is to listen to you in a nonjudgmental way, to learn the history of your issues, to identify maladaptive responses or unhelpful patterns of thoughts, to offer empathy and insight, and to help you reframe problems and develop a workable plan for making the changes you want and moving forward in life.
Your job in therapy is to consistently attend our scheduled sessions, to be open to the process, and to complete any “homework” assignments in-between the times we meet. To get the most out of therapy, it is important to assume responsibility for your experience. I can only work with the information you provide, so honesty is essential for an effective counseling relationship. You agree to come to counseling free from the influences of drugs including alcohol.