What is the next step after I decide to seek help?
Starting therapy is not as difficult as you might think. Admitting you need help is hard, but knowing how things work in therapy/counselling can re-assure you that the process is manageable.
First we will schedule a time to meet. The introductory session usually takes between 75 – 90 minutes. During this session, we will exchange a few details and you have an opportunity to tell me about yourself and what is going on for you. We’ll talk about your current situation and how substances or behaviours are playing a role and briefly, about your family history. This session is a two-way exchange. It gives me an opportunity to determine how I might be of help, and for you to consider what you would gain from therapy, and whether I am the right person to help you.
Our sessions will help you to find answers to questions that arise as we explore what is going on in your life. My aim is to assist you in developing a stronger core sense of self and a healthier way of interacting with and experiencing life.
Typically we would meet on a regular basis, on the same day and time. It doesn’t have to be every week but I am making a commitment to you when we schedule the next session, so if you need to re-arrange, I ask that you give at least 48 hours notice.
What happens in therapy?
You gain a better understanding of yourself and develop tools to facilitate the process of recovery.
Circumstances vary but I may look at your situation to see how it relates across several areas of your life. My approach is holistic, and by understanding past and current events, we can get a picture of what is driving a cycle of addictive behaviour.
Getting well takes more than cognitive understanding of how to get well. I help you develop core strengths and tools that you can use to nurture and support yourself in healing. Relational trauma requires relational healing and that begins in the context of therapy and spreads to other areas of your life.