Some artists have been in and out of therapy throughout their lives. Others are new to counseling and have avoided it for years, often because they do not know what to expect. I’ll try to take some of the unknown out of the way ahead of time!

Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?

In addition to asking questions about what therapy is and what it can do, I find that knowing what therapy isn’t and what it cannot do is helpful as well – the following is a good article describing the latter: What Therapy Cannot do For You – Says the Therapist People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are struggling to handle stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, and childhood traumas/hurts. Therapy provides some much needed validation, encouragement, and help to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves.

Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.

In many ways, therapy is most beneficial for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand. In fact, I fit best with clients who are already prepared to take ownership of their therapy and work. My bottom-up approach to counseling provides long-lasting benefits by helping you identify and work through the core reasons for the day-to-day struggles you face.

What is therapy like?

Our first session will be a time to get to know each other, make sure we’re a good fit for each other, and decide how to use our time depending on your specific needs. Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, it will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. It is most common to schedule regular weekly sessions with your therapist starting out.

Is therapy confidential?

Confidentiality is one of the most important aspects of therapy. In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. However, there are some exceptions to this as required by law. These exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken, including calling the individual’s emergency contact.

Do you have questions not addressed here? Send me a message through my contact form and I’ll be happy to answer it!