WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN THE INITIAL APPOINTMENT?
The first session is an information gathering session. I am interested to know what has brought you to see me, what is troubling you and what changes you would like to make in your life.
It is will also important for me to gather some information about you and your history so that I can gain some perspective in terms of what is troubling you in the context of your life.
Through this discussion can discuss your treatment goals and begin formulate a treatment plan.
This is also an opportunity for us to get a sense of what it is like for us to work together. If, at the end of the first session, we decide for any reason that your needs would be better served by someone else, I will do my best to provide you with referrals to meet those needs.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
It is not possible to answer this question accurately since the length of treatment will vary.
Once I learn more about the issues you would like to work on, I will more easily be able to provide you with some idea of how long we might be working together. Usually weekly sessions work best, however in some cases individuals have initially twice weekly sessions during a time of crisis or unusual stress. Ultimately it depends on the motivation of the clients, if you are coming to work on one specific goal and accomplish that goal, then you may end up terminating treatment at that time.
If you are coming specifically to learn TRE® then we would normally meet for at least six sessions and then we would re-evaluate whether you feel comfortable to continue the practice on your own or whether you would need a few more sessions to get to a point where you feel comfortable using this tool independently.
WHAT BENEFITS CAN I EXPECT?
Often it is helpful just to have someone to listen and to know that this person understands what you are going through. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Many people find therapy to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the hassles of daily life. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your problems and your personal goals and values
Developing skills and tools for improving your relationships
Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
Improving communications skills - learn how to listen to others, and have others listen to you
Getting "unstuck" from unhealthy patterns - breaking old behaviours & develop new ones
Discovering new ways to solve problems
Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
If you aren't sure what your goals are for therapy, our first task is to figure that out. It may take a few sessions before a direction is revealed. During the course of therapy, as you evolve, your goals may change. When this occurs it is a great opportunity for you to employ some of the new skills and techniques you have learned during the treatment process. A collaborative approach will be taken to assist you as you navigate through these challenges, promoting a move toward independence.
WHAT IF I NEED MEDICATION?
Sometimes medication combined with therapy is part of the treatment plan. Only Psychiatrists and GP's are licensed to prescribe medication. I do, however maintain a close working relationship with a variety of psychiatrists who are knowledgeable, ethical and compassionate, and I will match you up based on your needs, personalities, location, etc. If at any point you or I feel that a medication evaluation might be helpful, I would recommend that you make an appointment for an evaluation, however the final choice is always yours