You need a licensed therapist who is qualified and makes you feel comfortable. After all, you’ll be discussing deeply personal issues with your therapist, so their personality and style must fit you and your needs. If you’re looking for a serious therapist to quote details about research and statistics, I may not be the person for you. I use research to guide my practice, but my sessions also include laughing, crying, and occasional swear words. If you want to know more, call me or schedule an appointment.
Generally, therapy works best when people begin with weekly sessions, and then reduce the frequency once progress has begun. This allows us to gain some momentum, and without that momentum, progress can often take longer than expected. However, during our initial session, we will map out goals and discuss the frequency of the sessions. In the end, it is your journey so I will work with you.
Psychotherapists have a master’s degree or doctorate degree in a mental health discipline and must be licensed with their state. I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work and am a licensed clinical social worker. The National Association of Social Workers defines clinical social work as a specialty practice area of social work which focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness, emotional, and other behavioral disturbances. Individual, group and family therapy are common treatment modalities.
Therapy is a financial commitment. It is also an investment in yourself and your family. A successful therapy journey can result in big changes in how you see yourself and how you approach your relationships, your work, and even your finances. Many people invest time and money into their education, vacations, homes, and hobbies. Therapy is an investment in self-care that can have a profound impact on your overall well-being and success.
Like all therapists, I am required to follow the same HIPAA privacy laws as other medical professionals. In addition to this, I must also abide by the stricter privacy guidelines outlined by the social work licensing board. This means all communication with me is considered confidential, except for the following situations: I suspect that child abuse has occurred, my client has expressed a plan to harm themselves or someone else, or I receive a court order to release my records. I do occasionally consult with other professionals. This is a common practice among mental health professionals, and it is always done in a manner that respects confidentiality.