Frequently Asked Questions
The fact that the idea has crossed your mind is a good indication that you aren’t sure how well your life is going.
A person may consider therapy because they feel their life is dull, flat, or depressing. They may feel stuck. They may be tormented by negative self-talk and low self-worth.
If your vitality or sense of well-being are missing, therapy is a good place to start to get it back.
One of the most elusive questions in therapy research is “What makes a successful therapy?”
Researchers can identify numerous quantitative factors that lead to good therapy. But most studies show that these measures account for only about half of a therapy’s success. The other half is due to the client-therapist relationship.
You will get a sense of this fit, or chemistry, between you and your new therapist after the first or second session. Your intuition will tell you if the therapist gets you. If the therapist has a similar sense of humor. If the therapist is able to go with you into the deep recesses of your life.
You will eagerly await the next session, ready to share the thoughts, memories, and insights you’ve had since the last session.
You will learn to have compassion for yourself.
Ultimately, as issues get resolved, you will find you have less and less to talk about in therapy.
Both treatments are quite safe. EMDR is especially safe for clients processing trauma because it does not require that the client re-live or re-experience the trauma. In both therapies, the client determines the pace and direction of the therapy.
I can’t predict how long therapy will take. I am open to doing brief therapy (12 weeks or less) as well as open-ended therapy. Helping clients work through trauma or PTSD often takes six months or longer.
I take Blue Cross/Blue Shield – Wellmark insurance.
I take private payment on a sliding fee scale.