Here’s a little about my approach to therapy, so you’ll have some idea what to expect if you schedule a session with me.
First and foremost, our sessions will be a safe space to talk. Initially, I love to ask questions to get to know you and figure out the best way to help. I work on two levels at the same time; to understand the causes of what’s bothering you, and to share practical tools to manage that.
Change takes time, and we will always go at your pace. Yet, it may be unrealistic to expect a quick fix. What you’re likely to get out depends quite a bit on how much you can put in. It’s best if we can meet on a weekly basis for the first few sessions. We can always discuss our progress at any time.
As you’ve probably experienced, when someone else tells us what to do, we tend to resist or ignore their advice no matter how well intended. So, my role will be to guide and support you to figure out things as much as possible for yourself. This means I will often hold back from specific advice or direct answers. I believe solutions for yourself will likely help the most when they are generated from yourself (of course, with my help and input throughout the process).
I will sometimes ask you to try little experiments during our sessions. If you can engage in these with an attitude of curiosity and willingness to “give it a try!” that’s helpful. I have many ways to help, so if one thing doesn’t click, we can always rewind and try something else that might work better.
You’re in charge of this experience. So, please let me know at any time if you have questions or concerns. I look forward to working together with you.