FAQ's about Therapy
Q: Who goes to therapy?
A: People like you and me go to therapy, for a variety of reasons, and with a variety of goals. People who are under stress or who are going through a difficult adjustment in their lives; people who want to improve their relationships; people who want to get un-stuck from grief or from certain patterns in their lives; people who want to control negative emotions or learn healthy boundaries; people who want to improve their communication skills or raise their self esteem; people who want to overcome the effects of trauma or control intrusive thoughts…in short, regular people looking to improve themselves and their situations are the people who go to therapy.
Q: What are the benefits of therapy?
A: Therapy helps you examine the patterns in your behavior or thinking that are just not working for you anymore. Therapy gives you an opportunity to work through difficult emotions that you may not want to explore fully with friends or family, for many reasons. Some of the issues dealt with in therapy include: depression, anxiety, self-injury, grief, family conflict, anger management and stress management. Therapy gives you a dedicated time for you. Through therapy, you learn more about yourself and how to move your life forward. In your therapy, you can address your deepest concerns and experience healing.
Q: What happens in therapy?
A: In the first few sessions, we will discuss your main concerns that have brought you to see me. We will also collaboratively create specific goals to keep our sessions focused on the improvements that you seek. I will gather information, give you homework assignments to work on only if you so desire, and help you practice techniques that help you achieve your own goals. Much of our work together takes place through constructive, focused conversation in a relaxed setting.
Q: How often do I go to therapy, and for how many sessions?
A: Generally, people go to therapy once a week. As therapy progresses, we may decide to taper off to twice a month. The length of therapy varies with the person and with the concern the person is working on. For some, 8-12 sessions is enough to achieve the set goals. Others will dedicate more time to the process of learning and growing.
Q: Do you go to court or get involved in custody or other legal issues?
A: No, I do not.
Q: Do you provide recommendations or references to third parties concerning your clients?
A: No I do not.
Q: Where is your office located?
A: 15 Spinning Wheel Road, Suite 417, Hinsdale, Illinois