Frequently Asked Questions
IS WHAT I SAY CONFIDENTIAL?
Yes! This is one of the most important rules of my job: what you say here, stays here. When you come into the office, the things we talk about are kept confidential. No one – not your spouse, your boss, your children, or anyone else – can know what we talk about unless you decide to tell them. There are rare situations in which confidentiality is legally required to be broken should I have concerns about your safety or the safety of others, but we’ll talk about these in detail when you come for your first appointment.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT MY FIRST SESSION?
During the first session, we’ll review office policies (confidentiality, cancellations/no-shows, supervision for licensure, etc.) and answer any questions you may have. After that, we’ll simply have a conversation about what brought you to the office.
WHAT ABOUT THE SECOND SESSION? AND THIRD? AND SO ON?
Often, in the second and third sessions, we’ll talk about your family history, narrow down your goals for counseling, and talk about specific changes you’d like to see in your life. We’ll create a plan together, and you’ll be in the driver’s seat. The plan can be changed at any time, because YOU are ultimately in charge of the counseling process.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I MAKE APPOINTMENTS?
Research shows that you’ll feel like you’re making progress more quickly if you schedule sessions on a weekly basis. As you begin meeting your goals, frequency can be scaled back to every other week and even monthly if we both agree that it will work for you. I understand that most women have busy and demanding lives, so I’ll work with you to make sure we’re maximizing your time and money.
HOW LONG DOES A SESSION USUALLY TAKE?
Most sessions are 50 minutes, though 2-hour sessions can be scheduled if needed.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN IT'S TIME TO LEAVE COUNSELING?
Ideally, you’ll know it’s time to leave counseling when you’ve reached all the goals that we decided on in the first few sessions together. If you feel like progress is slow, you can bring this up in session, and we’ll decide if your goals – and how we want to reach them – should be tweaked. Most clients work with me somewhere between 6 and 10 sessions, but ultimately it depends on your goals and your timeline. Ultimately, I want to help YOU decide when you’re done with counseling. It’s not up to me.