What happens in our first meeting?
In our first appointment, we will usually talk about what brings you in and what you expect to get out of therapy. As I learn more about you and your needs, I will be able to have a better sense about if and how I can better help you. Somewhere between our first and third meeting, we will be able to decide together if we are a good match, and I will then make a recommendation on how to move forward. At this point, we will be ready to set a time for our 50 minutes weekly meetings. It is also possible to meet more than once a week, depending on your needs and my availability.
Moving forward, how will psychotherapy sessions look like?
You will be the one choosing the topics to be discussed, and I will follow your lead. At first, being the one in charge may feel intimidating, but gradually it becomes a unique opportunity for you to actually pay attention to the flow of your thoughts and feelings as well as become aware of what has been in your mind. You should feel free to actually talk about anything that occurs to you, including recent dreams. There is no right or wrong in psychotherapy sessions, and the freedom to talk about what is in your mind is the best way to gain insight into your emotional experience.
How can psychotherapy help me change?
Change is a dynamic process that happens in increments. As you talk and I listen, we will be able to make links between different aspects of your emotional life and your behavior and mood, which increases your self-awareness and ability to recognize triggers and patterns. As that happens, you will gradually feel more in charge of your decisions and choices as well as how those affect your relationships. This process will give you a better sense of cohesion between your needs and desires and the ways in which to make those flourish in your daily life.
Can therapy help during emotional crises?
Yes, it does and it is indicated. Actually, people tend to look for a therapist when they are feeling emotionally unstable. Psychotherapy will then help you gain a better understanding of your struggles, allowing you to feel more stable and grounded. Once these results are achieved, you may feel less of sense of urgency and may then consider stopping. Even though you may feel that you are doing better (and you actually are), continuing psychotherapy after the crises has subsided improves its effect, leading to further exploration of emotional patterns that negatively impacted your mood and behaviors. Once that is done, you will have more enduring results from the process. In order for your process to be successful, it will require patience, determination, dedication, consistency and obviously time.
Are the changes gained in psychotherapy enduring?
Psychotherapy is a deep experience that leads to profound transformation in how you relate to yourself and others. Those gains are lasting and permanent. However, life is an open book and you may be faced with challenging situations even after your psychotherapy ended. If you feel stuck in old or new ways, it may be a good time to get back into psychotherapy in order to re-gain access to your creative mind again.
How long will psychotherapy last?
Each individual is very unique in his/her needs, therefore the duration of psychotherapy varies case-by-case. Some people may stay in psychotherapy for a few months and others may stay for a few years. It will depend on several factors, like the specifics of your struggles and your resilience among others. Sometimes, people stay in therapy longer because they appreciate the depth of the process and its impact on their self-awareness and symptoms. After we begin the process, we will be able to have continuing evaluations on your progress and discuss together the indication for continuation and/or ending of your psychotherapy.
How does psychotherapy work with children?
Even though the basic principles described above also apply to the treatment of children, they communicate differently than adults. The primary language of childhood is play, and it is also the key tool of child psychotherapy. Through a combination of talk and play, your child will have an opportunity to understand and manage her/his conflicts, feelings and behaviors. Please, go to my specialty page on children to learn more about what to expect when you bring your child in to see me.
What kinds of issues you work with?
My areas of specialty are: