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Frequently Asked Questions

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Will Counseling Help Me?

Reaching out to someone you don’t know can certainly create some worries or anxiety.  It’s normal to feel nervous when considering this step.

Most research shows that people who engage with a qualified counsellor  benefit from the experience when there’s a good relationship.  Millions of people use counselling yearly.  If you’re courageous enough to look within, and open to exploration and possibilities, you’re likely to find counseling very helpful.

How does counselling work?

Counseling is a collaborative process to support you in moving toward greater peace and satisfaction in life.  Through our initial discussion you will identify your goals, and we’ll clarify how you’ll know when our time together is complete.  We’ll use a variety of theories and tools. They may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and Focusing Therapies, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Family Therapy, Gottman Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Narrative and Solution Focused Therapy, expressive arts, and Play Therapy.

How many sessions will I need?

The length and frequency of counselling sessions varies. Generally speaking, brief therapy is done in three to twelve sessions. If issues are more complex, counselling may last longer.

What is the process of counseling?

In individual, couple or family counseling we’ll collaborate to access your goals using a holistic, or whole person perspective.  I’ll help you to explore your challenges, strengths, and your potential for growth by listening to your concerns, asking questions, and checking in to make sure that you’re feeling understood.  As we explore and assess your needs, we’ll work together to clarify your goals and create a plan for achieving success on your terms.  In this process we’ll sometimes introduce tools that you can use on your own as a means of facilitating your continued growth.  In each session we’ll review your progress and make appropriate adjustments if need be.  This process is gentle, nonjudgmental, and supportive, allowing you to choose options, directions, and tools with which you feel most comfortable.

I would encourage you to contact me to arrange for a free 20-minute consultation in person, by telephone, or secure video.  At that time you may share any concerns or ask any questions that you might have.

"I dwell in possibility."

—Emily Dickinson
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