Do I really need therapy?
The process of therapy is designed to help you gain long-term, practical tools for working through your own process, outside of the therapy room. In our sessions, we will be planting the seeds of self-confidence and self-trust. Together, we will identify and develop strategies for overcoming limiting beliefs that are holding you back. With newfound insight and awareness, you will be better equipped for achieving your goals and pursuing your passion.
What can I expect in the first session when I see a therapist?
The first session is where we spend time getting to know one another. I will be asking you questions about your personal history and reasons for seeking therapy. These questions are aimed at helping us gain clarity in identifying the real issues and patterns. Before you leave the first session, you will have a better idea of what is keeping you stuck, as well a general idea of how we will go about overcoming obstacles.
What should I look for in a therapist?
There is a short answer and a long answer to this question. The short answer is CONNECTION. Research shows that the #1 factor in the success (or failure) of therapy is the quality of rapport between the counselor and the client. You should feel like the therapist is someone you can trust (or learn to trust). You should also get a strong sense that you could work well with this person, even if things get tough. Overall, therapy is a big investment. The best way to get the most for your money is to choose someone you can connect with and commit to the process.
How do I know if I will benefit from counseling?
While there are no guarantees that therapy will help solve all your problems, there are some surefire ways to be sure that you are getting the most out of it. First, you must show up fully. This means that you are committed to brushing up against your growth edges, even if it can be a little uncomfortable at times. Second, you must accept that discomfort is an inevitable part of life. Learning to work through it in a productive manner is one of the best gifts of therapy. Finally, be open to enjoying the process. Therapy doesn't have to be a downer. Many of my clients report that they look forward to our sessions each week. It's possible to do deep work and experience joy, side by side.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness, in it's most simple form, is bringing your awareness to the present moment. It's paying attention fully to sensations, thoughts, feelings or your environment. Mindfulness is a tool for overcoming feelings of overwhelm and managing stress. It is also beneficial for opening up channels of creativity and increasing overall productivity.
What is it like to experience hypnosis?
Hypnosis occurs in a particular brain wave state, called the alpha brain wave. It is not magic, rather it is a naturally occurring state of being that we experience on a daily basis. It is a state of light relaxation (think of the sensation just you feel just before falling asleep). It leads an increased ability for visualization and opens up pathways to a deeper inner knowing. In deep hypnosis, the client may enter the theta brainwave state. This is a deeper level of relaxation. It is also the state where profound transformation and spiritual work can occur. Typically, people remember everything they experience during hypnosis. It is a great way to reset the nervous system and learn to cultivate mindfulness.