Questions About Therapy


How can therapy help me?

As a skilled, experience therapist, I can provide support, a fresh perspective on difficult problems, and strategies for dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, self-esteem issues and creative blocks.   Most importantly, however, with deep, healing modalities such as EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) it is often possible to bring healing and release regarding the root causes of many these struggles.

Here are just some of the benefits achievable through a committed therapeutic relationship:

  • Achieve a better understand of yourself, your goals and values.
  • Connect with a deep sense of your meaning and purpose in life.
  • Finding resolution to the issues and problems that you feel are stuck or insurmountable.
  • Relieve stress and anxiety.
  • Gracefully manage anger, grief, depression and other emotional pressures
  • Develop your communication and listening skills, and thus your relationships
  • Change old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Feel your value.
  • Love your life.


Do I really need therapy?  Don’t strong people handle their own problems?

Actually, the bravest people I know are the ones most willing to ask for help.   None of us is capable of being fully objective about his or her own life.  Have you ever heard the phrase, “You can’t see the forest for the trees?”  This is abundantly true about therapy.  If you have felt “stuck” in some area of your life – felt like the same problems keep cropping up over and over again, or you don’t feel like your living up to your emotional, relational or material potential, therapy could well be a game changer.


What can I expect in therapy?

First, we talk.  I’ll ask you about your hopes and goals for therapy.  I’ll also ask about your struggles and what, if it were possible, you’d like to change about your life.  We’ll look at patterns in your life – the things that “just keep happening” and that you “just keep feeling”.  Together, we’ll make a plan, roll up our metaphorical sleeves, and get to work.  I can help you look at things differently.  You will have the opportunity to learn new tools to build your calm, strength and resilience.  While it’s not possible provide any guarantees, we’ll look at which therapeutic techniques, such as EFT and EMDR, may help bring about permanent, lasting change in your life.

Therapy with me is a collaboration.  We will continually, together, be evaluating how things are going and what is and isn’t working.  You will always have a say.


How long is this going to take?

I get asked this question a lot.  Every person is unique, however, which makes it hard to answer.  One thing I can say is that it may take a little longer than you hope, but not nearly as long as you fear.  Many of my clients start feeling relief and benefit in just a few sessions.  That relief often inspires them to want to continue a process of healing and growth.  My goal is to help you achieve the maximum benefit possible in the shortest amount of time.  I want you “out there” in the world using your new skills and capacities.


Do you Skype or offer phone sessions?

Yes, on rare occasions but only with existing clients.  I am licensed to practice in the state of Connecticut.  I usually see my clients once a week, face to face in my Avon, CT office.  If a situation came up, say an established client had an injury that kept them from getting to my office, I would be happy to offer them phone sessions until they recovered enough to travel.  I do not offer psychotherapy exclusively through phone or Skype or to persons who are geographically unable to come to my office.

I do offer case consultation to licensed clinicians by phone or Skype.  Therapists may, but do not have to, come to my office to consult with me.


Is everything I say to you confidential?

As a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Connecticut, I am bound by law to keep everything you say in therapy confidential.  The only exceptions to this are:

If you ask me to talk to someone in order to coordinate your care, for example, your physician, clergy person or attorney.  I would do this only at your request.  You would be required to sign a Release of Information before I spoke to anyone on your behalf.

If it became clear that you were a threat to the safety of yourself or someone else I am bound by law to contact the appropriate authorities.

 
Is there something I didn’t cover here? Send me an email or call (860) 678-8779.

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