As a therapist in San Francisco who specializes in individual therapy and couples counseling, I know it can be a bit intimidating to start therapy if you haven’t experienced it before. Many people may put off counseling simply because they aren’t sure what to expect from the sessions. We know what we have seen on TV with regard to marriage counseling or individual therapy and we’re pretty sure that isn’t what we need.
Therapy has evolved over the years. There still may be a couch in your therapist’s office, but it’s more common you’ll be sitting and chatting with your therapist than lying down spilling your life’s details. Of course, if you would like to lie down on the couch that’s ok with most therapists.
When you first call to see about setting up an appointment, we’ll chat a little over the phone to get to know each other. This is an opportunity for both of us to decide if we think we’ll be a good fit for one another. If you feel comfortable we’ll schedule an appointment at this time.
The therapy session is pretty laid back and straight forward. At the first visit we’ll take care of necessary paperwork for insurance and then I’ll ask you tell me about yourself. The process is collaborative and it will often feel like a simple conversation.
Therapy does not happen overnight. It is a process and it’s important that your expectations reflect that. Some issues can be resolved easily and in a short period of time while others will need a little more work to manage. You may find it necessary to meet weekly at first, but then taper off to every other week and eventually monthly, as you feel you’ve gained the tools to navigate the bumps in the road of life.
My specialty is relationships – marriage, divorce, romantic, friends, coworkers, family – whatever kind of relationship you’re having trouble with, I can help. If you’re interested in learning more about individual therapy or couples counseling in the San Francisco area please give me a call at (650) 400-3214.