How long should I expect to be in therapy?

Most people I work with tend to stay for long-term psychotherapy which extends beyond a year.

It is out of the ordinary for someone to come for a just a few sessions and feel that they are done exploring their inner and outer realms. We do deep work that requires time to get to where you are wanting to be.

The therapeutic process is different for everyone. The length of time you spend in therapy is dependent upon your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that drove you to therapy in the first place. The exploration of your inner and outer landscape will reveal truth and insight leading you to understand more deeply what already exists and what needs greater attention. While creating space for an open future that aligns more closely with how you imagine it to be and embraces the ambiguity that naturally comes with not knowing.

Finding a therapist that you feel comfortable with and that understands you is invaluable. This relationship is sacred and meaningful. It isn’t uncommon for clients to find a therapist and stay with them for years. There is something profound in having a relationship such as this one; as you evolve, they remember where you were, and how far you’ve come. As we grow our inner world is full of visible transformation.

What if I do not have a formal diagnosis and I need to talk with someone about the things going on in my life?

Psychotherapy isn’t just for people who have already been diagnosed with a mental disorder. Therapy is for sorting out the things that happen in our life over time and in the present moment. We all need to talk with someone else about what we are experiencing to help us make authentic choices that align with our best interest, to navigate  relational terrain both within your entire social sphere, and to connect more with how you feel about a given circumstance. Having a psychotherapist to process your life with allows for you to live authentically and with more freedom.

While working together I may provide you with a formal diagnosis for your own knowledge and or to submit to your insurance on your superbill. Insurance companies require a formal diagnosis to deem the psychotherapeutic services eligible for reimbursement.

I see you first as an individual, a human being. Your diagnosis may be helpful in describing  and understanding what you are experiencing everyday but it is not who you are.

How often should I come to therapy?

It is required that we see each other at least once per week for psychotherapeutic work to be most effective. Depending on your current situation you may opt to come in more than once per week if I feel it is clinically appropriate.

Should I consider group therapy if I am already in individual therapy?

Often people find it therapeutically rewarding to enroll in a therapy group in conjunction with their individual therapy. This enhances the therapeutic experience because we are inherently social beings.

We pay attention to what is going on in the here-and-now relationship as it presents itself within the space between us. The group dynamic reveals our way of relating in the world outside of the group; by bringing attention to how we are being with each other. The group becomes a microcosm for healing relational wounds.

I feel that my suffering is necessary in order to produce my art. If I come to therapy for the things that cause me to suffer will it prevent me from creating my best work?

Suffering is part of life; it is when it becomes a consistent distress within your day-to-day experience causing you not to work on the things that are most meaningful. Working through the things that clutter your mind that prevent you from living your most creative life will give you the clarity needed to put your ideas into fruition. When you no longer consume yourself with negative inner dialect you can give yourself the space you need in order to create your best work.

What are some ways that therapy may help me out of a creative block?

Creative blocks are part of the creative process. These ruts are often felt as despair, helplessness, and self-doubt. Often this is when people begin to question their own purpose, meaning, and direction in life. When we no longer incorporate our passions into our day-to-day experiences we begin to feel as though we have lost a part of ourselves.

It is with courage and within vulnerability our authentic raw truths reveal themselves; what you are most passionate about unveils itself. By bringing attention to your everyday life and the felt experience at hand we unravel all the parts that contribute to your current situatedness. In this we uncover meaningful passages within dialogue that never go unheard; this experience held within the therapeutic encounter elicits insight, illuminates new ideas, ignites self-realization, and leads to moments of self-discovery. It is in the very talk of the thing that brings out the matter of things.


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