What happens in a therapy session?
Therapy will be different depending on the individual and the understanding that each person has different presenting problems and goals for therapy. Normally, the first session starts with greetings, discussion of confidentiality, and going into depth in what brought you into therapy in order to begin the collaborative approach to work on your desired outcomes and goals. Your family history and past will probably also be reviewed at this time, but please understand that you may choose to not answer or discuss difficult questions until a later time. I completely understand!
You will be asked some open ended questions and I will provide some reflections, observations, feedback, and a summary of what you said. I may encourage and challenge you in ways to promote different perspectives. It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. Therefore, I provide assignments to help steer change, practice, and consistency outside of therapy sessions. The intention is for you to feel heard, and that you are in charge as work is done collaboratively to undermine your problem.
How long does therapy usually take?
The length of therapy differs on your specific needs and situation. Therapy may be short-term for a specific issue, or a longer-term to deal with more difficult patterns and presenting problems. Some clients schedule weekly 50-minute sessions and some, if distressed, schedule longer therapy sessions or comes to therapy two times a week. We can talk more about this during our first session together. Once you have met your goals, therapy is tapered off and is no longer prolonged.
Can you prescribe medication?
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I cannot prescribe medication and/or provide evaluations for medication. However, I am able to provide a referral for an evaluation from an appropriate clinician. You may also work with your medical doctor in order to determine what’s best for you.
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