Frequently Asked Questions:

What is therapy like?
Thinking about trying therapy can be scary especially if you have never been.  My goal is to help you feel comfortable and safe.  We can start with a free phone consultation (about 15 minutes) to talk about your concerns and any questions you may have.  Before and during the first session I will gather information about you and your reasons for therapy.  I will make sure I understand your goals and we will work together as a team to help you meet them.  Depending on the type of treatment you need or want, sessions can include talking and listening, practicing skills and techniques, creative interventions, or trauma processing.  Each client is different so we can talk more in depth about your unique needs.

How long does therapy take?
This will vary anywhere between 4-8 sessions for brief, solution-focused therapy to 15-20 sessions (or longer) for complex trauma or long-term therapy. 

What is the difference between a psychiatrist, psychologist, marriage and family therapist, and licensed clinical social worker?
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) has a master’s degree, professional training and licensure to provide psychotherapy.  LCSW’s have special focus on understanding the effect of the environment and society on the individual. My particular training is in health and mental health. 
  • A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) has a master’s degree, professional training and licensure to provide psychotherapy.
  • A Licensed Psychologist (PhD or PsyD) has a doctoral degree, professional training and licensure to provide psychotherapy.
  • A Psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in prescribing medication and rarely provide therapy.  (Psychiatrists are the only professionals on this list that prescribe medication).

It has been proven that the most important part of therapy is the relationship between the client and therapist (finding someone you can trust and feel comfortable with).

How do I choose the right therapist for me?

It’s most important that you feel safe and comfortable with whichever therapist you choose.  Each therapist has a different personality and style.  You may be seeking a therapist with a particular training and focus (such as trauma or EMDR).  You can look at therapist websites and speak to therapists on the phone for consultation.  When you find the “right fit” you will know because you feel comfortable, “heard” and understood.  You can always stop or change therapists if you don’t feel it’s helping, but I do encourage you to speak to your therapist about your concerns before doing so.