Therapy can be vulnerable and new, so it’s natural to be nervous. Sitting with someone and talking about how you feel can feel intimidating. The fear around that can feel overwhelming. It takes courage to start going to therapy. The fact that you are on this website, looking for help, and reading this right now shows that you are being brave and seeking help.
Therapy is a space where you can be yourself and feel safe from judgment, including feeling nervous. I’m committed to finding a way to care for your nervousness and ensure sessions are as comfortable as possible.
I’m here if you want to discuss it during a free phone consultation.
Take your time to read through my website. Then, if you sense that I may be a good fit based on what you are reading, you can Email me.
During a free phone consultation, you can ask me questions about my approach, how I have helped others like you before, or any other questions you may have that are specific to you. You’ll also be able to Tell me what is stopping you in life, and we can determine how I could best serve you.
It may be helpful to think of the first few sessions as trying out the waters together. During the sessions, you’ll be able to see how you feel working with me. My approach is not going to work for everyone. What’s most important to me is that you find someone who you feel is the right fit for you. Then, we can explore that together.
It's natural not to want to share some of the painful or difficult things we've been through. During our sessions, it will always be up to you if you feel ready to talk about something or not. It's my job to give you space to slowly start to work through the tough stuff. Gradually and at a pace that feels comfortable to you, you can share what you feel ready to share
You can also share with me that you are nervous about opening up about something, and we can talk about that too. Whatever is present for you. Whatever you are going through. Bring that to the session, and we can explore that together.
If you open up to me, I will not think you are too much; I will think you are unique and human. Many of my clients have had the same fear (that people would think they are too much).
Working with my clients has shown me that the challenges you are facing are normal and natural.
You're not being dramatic or "too much." Nothing you can say will cause me to judge you.
I know nobody's perfect; we all suffer in different ways; we are humans trying to be human.
Whatever it is you're going through; I provide a safe space where you can feel heard and supported without judgment.
It can be concerning to feel like things you say or do in therapy could "get out." So you should know that unless you are suicidal, harming yourself, or someone else, what you say in sessions stays between you and me.
I highly respect your privacy and value your trust.
You can rest assured that you can talk about anything without fear of that information getting out.
If you have specific questions about how confidentiality works, you can ask during your FREE phone consultation or anytime during our work together.
Both professions can help you get to a better place than where you began. However, there are differences between them…
Therapy: If you want someone to listen to your problem and explore your feelings. Therapists are trained to treat mental illness or other significant emotional and relational concerns.
Coaching: if you want progressive self-development, clarification of your goals, and someone to help you get there in a timely manner. Coaches seek to help you elevate performance in a specific area.
Bill Gates worked with a life coach for most of his career. In his viral 2013 TED talk he said: “Everyone needs a coach. It doesn't matter whether you're a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player.”
You might be asking how long therapy will take because therapy is hard to fit into your busy schedule.
If this is true for you, I want you to know that, on average, my new clients start seeing progress after the first few sessions.
By that point, they feel they have learned some ways to manage challenging stuff in their lives better.
The total duration of therapy varies from client to client. Some of my clients find 3-6 weeks to be enough to resolve immediate challenges. While other clients feel more supported by longer-term therapy.
We will work together to find the length of time that works for you.
Overall, think of the first session as a two-way interview where we can ask each other questions so we can begin to know each other. Then, I’ll invite you to share more about yourself, and we can also talk about what’s worked or not worked for your mental health in the past.
Some questions that I like to ask during a first session include:
- What brought you to therapy?
- Have you gone to therapy before? How did that go?
- What goals would you like to reach by going to therapy?
You can ask me questions as well. For example, you might be curious about my expertise or how future sessions work.
The most important part of a first session is to notice how you feel during and after the session. Then, we can set up the following session if you feel supported, seen, and at ease with me.
This entirely depends on the level of need and the evolution of your goals! Some clients meet all of their goals within 6 months to a year. Other clients are “lifers” by choice. As they develop new goals over time or enjoy mentorship as ongoing self-care and accountability.
Like the first therapy session, the first coaching session is a two-way interview where we can ask each other questions to begin to get to know each other. Through hearing your story, I will get a picture of what your vision is. We will do an exercise to create a blueprint of your vision and desires in life and work. We will set realistic goals and figure out what’s needed to help you reach them.
Coaching and traditional therapy, including psychoanalysis/ talk therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), work with the conscious mind.
Hypnosis goes deeper into your subconscious mind, where actual change happens.
Research shows that the average success rate for hypnotherapy is 93% after an average of 6 sessions. This was compared to a 38% success rate after an average of 600 sessions for psychoanalysis and 72% after 22 sessions for behavior therapy.
It can bring up old forgotten memories, and it can be harmful if you do not have a therapist to help you work through them. However, I am a trained therapist who can help you through what can arise.
Will I remember what happened in the session?
Yes, you will be in a very light trance, where you are fully aware of what is going on. You will be focused on my voice but still, hear everything else in the background. You will have full memories of what was said and thought.
Will I be able to come out of the trance if I do not like it?
Yes, you can become fully awake if you are uncomfortable in the trance.
How many sessions will it take?
This depends on the problem and how long you have been dealing with it. It could take only one session or a few sessions.
I can help you figure out which you would be more appropriate for you in a phone consultation.
And you do not need to pick between them. I incorporate coaching into therapy and therapy into coaching, with an offer of hypnotherapy, when appropriate.
Note: I can only offer therapy in Pennsylvania, however coaching can be done worldwide.
Yes, I offer Wednesday and Thursday night hours and Saturday hours. Friday nights and Saturday afternoons are reserved for intake (90 min) sessions.