Common Questions

Why pay a therapist?

  • What you say in the office stays in the office: you have legal confidentiality*
  • Your relationship with your therapist is completely separate from other relationships
  • You have freedom from the consequences of hurt feelings, gossip, divided loyalties
  • As a therapist, I listen non-defensively, without my own personal agenda
  • I am trained not to change the subject to myself, nor use you to solve my problems
  • I contain and hold onto your longer term goals for you.
  • You can explore your experience without fear of judgment.

What about medication vs. psychotherapy?

In many cases a combination of medication and therapy offers the most effective treatment. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication; beyond just treating symptoms, therapy addresses the underlying causes of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. This work may include talk therapy, expressive arts, writing, music , poetry and somatic techniques such as focusing and guided meditation.

*State law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
-Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse
-If the client intents to harm him or herself actions may be taken in order to insure the patients safety.
- Threatening serious bodily harm to another may require notification to the police and the intended victim.