My doctor prescribed medication, why do I need therapy?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. You can’t expect a one dimensional treatment to work effectively on problems that are multidimensional such as depression. Medication alone will not help you to change your life or learn new skills, but in conjunction with therapy it can be helpful for many disorders.
I am not against medications by any means but it is important to know that medication can’t teach you the skills you need to not only feel better, but to BE BETTER. Medication alone can’t teach you effective coping skills, teach you a more realistic lens in which to view your life circumstances, it will not teach you how to have a healthier relationship, be more flexible in your thinking, help you to problem solve, make better decisions, or help you to build and maintain a support network and build a future for yourself.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. I used mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing, and DBT informed skills to help you resolve your ambivalence to making changes in your life and teach you skills to use long after therapy has ended.
Therapy is an active process, you will be asked to do work in between sessions, I believe in experiential learning. You learn and change by doing new things. Everyone has a different pathway into their situation and each client will have a different map that we develop together to find their way out. My job is to build the roadmap and show you the way out. It’s the work you do outside of our session that will really help you make progress.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place. If we are using CBT protocols to treat your anxiety or depression we would meet weekly for 12-16 sessions. As you progress, therapy would taper to biweekly and then monthly. Eventually you will be able to come in every 3-6 months to check in. CBT is short term and effective, the goal with CBT is to train you to be your own therapist.