Your first session as an individual client always begin with me listening and getting to know you. This is a conversation and often referred to as “talk therapy”. This is a great way for us to both get to know each other and create an environment that feels comfortable and safe.
For couples, you can expect that I will be directive and goal-oriented from the beginning. I have found that successful couples therapy needs to be much more focused and structured than individual therapy. I will spend time getting to know you, but I will typically have plans for our sessions as well. We will not spend sessions trying to solve “the problem of the week,” as that will not help you in the long run. You can count on me to keep sessions feeling safe, positive, and forward moving. We will not spend time complaining or pointing fingers.
As we get to know each other and work together, some individual clients are open to including other forms of therapy beyond just conversation such as meditation, guided imagery, guided relaxation, breath work, body work, yoga poses, or ceremonies. This might not be for everyone, but I do find that clients often really enjoy these new ways of working through their challenges. Therapy will always go at your pace and your comfort level but I will gently challenge you and try to keep you at your growth edge for maximal benefit and minimal wasted time.
You can expect me to start and end sessions on time. You can expect to sometimes leave feeling better but not always—personal growth is sometimes painful, sometimes ecstatic, and sometimes just feels slow. You can expect to feel safe and cared about with me.