How can I benefit from therapy?
The benefits of therapy can be truly profound. If you feel confined by your past, therapy can help you release the beliefs, patterns, and unprocessed experiences that keep you stuck. Because we work experientially, change happens on a cellular level, enabling you to become more integrated, self-aware and response-able.
Our work can help you:
- Release patterns, behaviors or past experiences that hamper your current life
- Reduce symptoms of depression & anxiety
- Reduce fear & anger
- Gain a sense of self-worth / self-esteem
- Explore conscious parenting
- Create healthy boundaries with others
- Develop healthy self-care practices
- Learn to communicate effectively
- Connect to spirituality as defined by you
- Gain skills to become more mindful, present and aware
- Replace external/environmental ‘supports’ (e.g. drugs, food, etc) with internal supports
- Determine whether a relationship should continue or end
- Feel “whole”
What is Gestalt therapy?
Gestalt therapy is an evidence-based, non-pathologizing approach to healing that emphasizes present-moment awareness and views the person as a Whole. Instead of just talking about the past or the problem, time is taken to slow down and explore the situation experientially in the here-and-now. This brings your “story” to life and gives you an opportunity to risk experimenting with new or forgotten ways of being in order to grow.
How often will I need to come?
We will meet for 90 minutes once per week. The faster we can get to know each other and build the therapeutic relationship, the faster you can expect to see both symptom relief and lasting change in your life. Meeting less frequently (i.e. every other week) is usually an option toward the end of treatment.
I don't want to just complain about my problems. How can you help me actually change ?
The people I work with are called to do deeply transformative work. This is not 'supportive counseling' as some talk therapies typically are. This work is designed to challenge you and make you uncomfortable, in a container that is respectful, safe and warm -- not overwhelming. Because we work experientially we are teaching your body a new way of being - i.e. actually changing you!
My last therapist just sat and listened. Are you an active therapist?
I won't just sit and stare! This is a common fear for folks who have been in therapy before and felt like they didn't get a lot out of it because their therapist was too passive. I believe people seek me out for my particular sensibilities so I share my own reflections: thoughts, questions, any connections I make, as well as a variety of lenses for how I view the issues you are presenting. That said, I leave plenty of space for you to take or leave my suggestions. My intention in reflecting is simply to further your own imagination.
How long will this process take?
The strategies for living (that are no longer working) were developed over a lifetime. Shifting and healing how you are organized will at times happen quickly, and other times will take consistency and time. My intention is for us to work as deeply, honestly and effectively as we can to support your goals
I ask folks I work with to consider making a minimum 6 month commitment to the work. Most people stay in the work at least that long, and committing up front means we get to jump in deeply from the beginning, leaving you with a more valuable experience. After the first 6 months we will review and reassess your goals to see if you are moved to continue or stop.
Will you recommend psychiatric evaluation & medication?
Medication is not one of the tools I reach for in my practice. I work with folks who are interested in turning toward their pain, who trust on some deep level that the hurt holds the medicine. In my experience medication can distort and muddle the picture and does far more harm than good. That said, I work with many women who are already on psychotropic medication for anxiety, depression, etc. They are usually in a process of medically tapering off the medication and come to work with me to create a holding container for that transformation. I should note that some clients do feel helped by medication and I support your own inclinations of what feels helpful/medicinal for you.
Will you make it awkward or difficult for me if I want to stop therapy?
I often hear of experiences with a former therapist who tried to coerce someone to stay in treatment. I will never coerce or manipulate you to stay in treatment. I deeply respect your instincts about what you are needing, and the moment you decide to leave treatment, it is over. I do encourage a closing session so that we can review the work we did.
Do you take insurance?
I am considered an “Out-of-Network Provider.” To find out whether you have benefits simply call your insurance provider, ask whether you have “out-of-network benefits for mental health,” and what those benefits are (deductible amount and percent reimbursed).
Is my treatment confidential?
Yes your treatment is confidential and your privacy is protected by law. Confidentiality is only broken if you express an active plan to hurt yourself or someone else, in order to keep you or another safe. In rare cases treatment records can be subpoenaed by court-order.