Our frequently asked questions…
Once you have made the decision to try therapy, it is good to do a bit of research to find a professional who will work well with you. Internet searches, recommendations from family and friends, recommendations from other professionals, and lists of providers from your insurance company are all ways to research your available options. If possible, briefly interviewing therapists by phone can be helpful to form initial impressions of who you might work well with. However, it may be difficult to get a feel for a specific therapist until you are able to meet with him or her face-to-face.
If this is your first time seeking therapy, you may be wondering what it is like to attend a therapy appointment. Many people worry about whether it will be difficult to find things to say or whether they will feel comfortable with talking to the therapist. The media is filled with images and stereotypes about therapy, from TV shows like In Treatment or Necessary Roughness to movies like Analyze This or What About Bob, that may affect your expectations about therapy.
Most often, therapy involves sitting in a room and talking with the therapist either one-on-one, with your partner, or with other family members. In my practice, I try to strike a balance between allowing you time to talk about things of importance to you and guiding discussions in ways that are helpful for reaching your goals. Depending on your particular needs, therapy may, at times, occur outside of the usual office setting. The benefits and risks of this sort of intervention will be fully discussed prior to implementing it in the therapy.