FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE BEGINNING OF THERAPY?
During the first session, the therapist conducts a thorough assessment of the client’s presenting concerns, symptoms, and overall functioning. The therapist asks questions in order to understand the client’s needs and develop a treatment plan. At the end of the first session, the therapist provides treatment recommendations.
The client is also given an opportunity to ask the therapist questions about treatment approach, credentials, and areas of expertise. It is important for the client to gauge his or her general comfort level and trust to determine whether or not the therapist is a good fit.
HOW OFTEN WILL I MEET WITH THE THERAPIST?
In order for psychotherapy to be effective, consistency and predictability are important. For the duration of treatment, clients are expected to meet with the therapist once weekly. It is best to meet at the same time every week.
HOW LONG DOES THERAPY LAST?
For some clients, short-term treatment of a few sessions can help achieve symptom relief. For other clients, therapy is a longer term process that may last several months. The length of treatment depends on each client’s individual needs.
DO YOU TREAT ALL MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES?
I specialize in treating a wide variety of psychological issues. Please note, however, that certain mental health conditions may require a higher or different level of care than outpatient psychotherapy alone can adequately provide. Certain conditions may also fall out of the scope of my areas of expertise. In such cases, I will provide referrals to appropriate providers. Please call to inquire about my services to see if I am the right fit for you.
DO YOU PRESCRIBE MEDICATION?
Psychologists do not prescribe medication. However, psychiatric medication can often enhance and reinforce gains made in therapy. When indicated, I can provide a referral to a psychiatrist to assess the need for medication.
IS THERAPY ONLY FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH A SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS?
No. Many people benefit from therapy because it offers a safe space to talk about the complexities of life. Stress, anxiety, and sadness are part of the human condition. It is okay to acknowledge when such issues may be interfering with quality of life and, if necessary, to ask a therapist for help.
DO YOU OFFER COUPLES THERAPY AND PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING?
No. However, I can give referrals to providers who do offer these services.