What kinds of things do people seek counseling for?
People seek counseling for a variety of reasons. Some people are experiencing a major life transition (faith questions, divorce, affairs, loss of a loved one, becoming a parent, graduation, loss of a job, moving home from being overseas, etc.) and are feeling lost and bewildered. Others are struggling to cope with anxiety, depression, and shame. Many are ready to move past traumas, behaviors, and relational patterns that keep them feeling stuck. Many people enter counseling at a time of crisis and great suffering. The most common quality in people who seek counseling is courage. Asking for help is one of the bravest things we will ever do.
How does counseling help?
The counseling relationship, when it works well, creates a safe environment where clients can experience new insight, self-acceptance, release of emotions, and a new sense of wholeness and wellbeing. Counseling can help clients clarify what they need and want so that they can move forward in their life with renewed courage and clarity. Research has shown that a trusting therapeutic relationship is the most important factor for success in therapy. Counseling will be the most effective when you choose a qualified therapist that you trust to facilitate your healing journey.
How long do counseling sessions last?
Sessions are 50 minutes long, and most clients find that weekly sessions help them get the most out of therapy. If you are interested in booking a longer session or meeting more or less frequently, we can discuss a rhythm that works for you.
How long will I be in counseling?
This varies from person to person, depending on needs and goals. Some clients find relief in just a few sessions, while others are in counseling for a number of months or years. My goal is to work myself out of a job, for you to get to a place where you feel supported and confident in your life without counseling. But I am here for however long it takes.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of counseling. The work that you do outside of our sessions will really help deepen our work together. Because you are a whole person, it is important to focus not only on your mental health, but on your physical, spiritual, and relational health as well. This may be an important time to visit your doctor, examine your diet, get adequate sleep and exercise, lean on safe people, explore spiritual practices, and make time for things that re-charge you. You may be interested in further reading and education. Visit my Books & Links page to get some ideas of resources that can help along the way.