If you are on this page, reading this answer, therapy is probably in your best interest. Usually, when we have difficult times we rely on friends, family, pastors, or books for the answers we need. Occasionally, we continue to stay stuck or hurting. This is when a fresh, outside perspective is helpful. Whether the thing you are struggling with is a new situation or a long-standing one, talking to a therapist can be very helpful.
Research on the effectiveness of counseling finds the most significant factor to client’s improvement is the relationship she has with the therapist. This means the most important thing to your therapy is how you feel and what you think of your therapist. The fit between the two of you is critical. I welcome the chance to see if we are a good fit. If it is determined that we are not, I am happy to give you referrals closer to what you are looking for.
There is no set amount of sessions for any person or issue. This is something we discuss on an ongoing basis. I suggest starting out with a commitment to 4-6 sessions. Some clients seek counseling for a couple of months. Some clients schedule quarterly “check-ups”.
Ideally, sessions are scheduled weekly for the first month. This gives you a chance to build a trusting relationship with me and start to feel some momentum. This cannot always happen due to schedules. During the first session, we can discuss what will work for you.
Counseling is a safe, confidential place for you to explore what you are struggling with and to find more helpful approaches.
First, we review the paperwork you have brought in and discuss the therapy process. Next, I ask you to tell me about yourself. Lastly, we discuss why you are seeking counseling and what you would like to be different in your life.
– Better awareness of what is working for you and what is not
– Better communication with loved ones
– Feeling closer with loved ones
– Decreased physical symptoms related to stress, anxiety, depression
– Just overall improvement in well-being
Calling a therapist for the first time is not an easy task. Most of us put it on the to do list and it never quite happens. If you are not sure what you think of therapy or if it is a good fit for you, call me and we can discuss your concerns.
I am considered an out-of-network provider. My clients pay for their session at the time they are seen. I give them a receipt with the information needed for them to file a claim with their insurance company.
8645 College Blvd, Suite 230, Overland Park, KS, 66210