The only way to know for sure is to come in for a session. Most people have a good sense of whether I am the right professional to help them within the first two sessions.
I provide counseling for individual adults, couples and groups online. My expertise is in general behavioural problems, Depression & Anxiety , Donestic violence, Marital and Relationship conflicts, self-worth, life transitions, perfectionism, and substance abuse and addictions. I don’t provide psychotherapy for children.
Once you have made a decision to see a therapist, you still might be apprehensive about the process. Many people feel nervous before the first appointment. Therapy is a shared journey; a shared process. And, although you and I will travel together, it is ultimately your journey and you will make your own decisions. I do not have answers for all your concerns, but I do have the ability to listen carefully and will ask thoughtful questions. Your answers to these questions will help shape the direction of our work. You can expect to be respected. You can expect that I will offer opinions and suggestions from time to time but I will not tell you what to do.
The initial session is the time for you to start to share your story, to talk about your goals and what you would like to change. Another important aspect of the first session is deciding if we are a good fit. Do I seem like someone you can trust? We are establishing a relationship that will become the foundation for working together. You will begin to figure out some goals; I will begin to figure out how to help you get there.
Appointments are 40-45 minutes. This is the standard length of a counseling session. I do offer 75 minutes couples or family sessions. A longer session can be useful when dealing with the complexities of couples and families.
To begin, we will meet once a week. I find it’s important to gain some momentum in the beginning by meeting weekly or progress can stall out. Once some or all of your goals are met, meeting less often will make sense.