I've never been to therapy before.  What should I expect?

First of all, congratulations for simply showing up.  It's very normal to feel some anxiety before coming to your first session.  We will do our best to make you feel safe.  If you have any special needs or fears please let us know so that we can establish a productive therapeutic relationship together.  There are incredible benefits to therapy, as well as some risks.  We are happy to talk to you about them.  Before beginning any change, it can be helpful to visualize where you are and where you would like to be.  Dan has posted one example of a guided imagery exercise to help you start that process.

 

Who do you see?

We see men, women, children, couples, and families, for a variety of issues.  Primarily, we specialize in working with individuals, couples, groups, and families with issues pertaining to sexual addiction and compulsivity.  In addition to a specialization treating sex addiction, Dan works with adolescents, those facing relational difficulties, those with anxiety or depression, those with process addictions including internet addiction and video game addiction, and those with issues pertaining to their religion or spirituality.

 

How long and how often are your sessions?

While the duration of therapy depends upon many factors, we typically see clients for a 50 minute session one time per week.  For couples or those new to recovery, we frequently offer a 90 minute session once per week in order to maximize the therapeutic gains.  We are committed to seeing you only for as long as you are receiving benefit from therapy and/or until your original issues are resolved.  For some clients, this process can take 6 sessions, and for others this can take years.  We work closely with you from the beginning of the process so we can determine what goals you have for therapy as well as a vision for when therapy will be complete.

 

Do I need to do anything before my first session?

Before we meet,  you will need to fill out paperwork.  Please give yourself 15 minutes before our first session to fill out the forms.  We will have the paperwork for you in the waiting area before your session.  As an alternative, you can download forms here, print them, and bring them to our first session.  Please check here for more information about our office.  We will generally use the first session to go over forms, answer any questions you have, do an assessment, and to begin working on a plan to meet your treatment goals.

 

When does therapy end?

Therapy ends when you have met your goals for coming, if you are no longer benefiting from counseling, and/or when your problems, relationship, and life are more manageable.  We think therapy works best as a collaborative process, so we will talk with you from the beginning about how we will both know when it is time for you to move on.