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How does a therapy session work? 

If you are attending in person, I will greet you in the waiting area and bring you to the office. If we are seeing each other virtually, I will open the Zoom room and greet you promptly. In the first few sessions, we will have a conversation about your current goals, history, and significant relationships. After the first few sessions, our time together will be shaped to best serve your goals. 

Therapists often say that a therapeutic relationship is different than any other - and that's exactly how it should be! You may notice I am more silent than you might expect in an ordinary conversation. I do this so that I can focus on listening to you and understanding your story. I will usually ask questions more than I make statements, and tend to pause for reflection after speaking. Clients often note that I don't give much direct advice. Instead, I help them understand their feelings so that they are empowered to make the choice that is right for them. 

Do you offer telehealth services?

Yes. If you live in the Indianapolis area, I typically recommend that we meet in person for the first three sessions so we can get to know each other. Telehealth is an option for anyone seeking counseling in the state of Indiana. 

I've heard good things about CBT/DBT/ACT/brainspotting/EMDR. Do you offer that? 

One of the great things about modern psychology is that we have so many different ways of helping people! It's important to remember that each approach is designed for a particular type of person suffering a particular problem. I don't begin treatment with a particular practice in mind. Instead, I want to get to know you, in all your uniqueness and complexity. Once we have gotten to know each other, then we'll be able to find the therapeutic practices that are right for you. 

When will I feel better?

One of the most frustrating things about being a therapy client is that it is very difficult to predict when healing will happen. Most people will report that some of their symptoms improve within several months of beginning therapy. As they begin to feel better, they are able to notice the unconscious patterns and hidden dynamics that contribute to their problems. Working on these root causes takes longer than a few months - but also provides the most lasting and satisfying change. No matter how long it takes, I am committed to making sure you have the help you need for your healing journey. 

How often will we meet?

I strongly recommend meeting at least once a week. It is very difficult to make progress when meeting less often than once a week. Many people will find that meeting twice a week is better for their goals. 

I'm worried about the side effects of psychiatric drugs. Do I have to be on medication to work with you?

Absolutely not! I work with some clients who are on medication, others who choose not to be, and still others who may be on medication for part of their journey. Research has consistently shown that talk therapy is at least as effective as medication - and has long-term benefits that you can take with you after therapy has ended. 

Can you prescribe medication if I need it? 

No. As a therapy resident, I do not posses the kind of license that allows someone to prescribe psychiatric medication. If you think medication is right for you, I am happy to discuss your options and provide you with a referral to a prescriber. We will continue to meet for talk therapy, while your prescriber will handle your medication needs. 

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