How can therapy help me?
Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, enhancing your coping skills and problem-solving skills to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and to assist you in overcoming the challenges you face.
Some of the benefits and skills attained from therapy include:
- Working through and releasing unresolved issues, events, and beliefs
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems
- Improving your relationships
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
What is therapy like?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. Therapy sessions often begin on a weekly basis, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. The frequency may change as your life transforms. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions.
- Compassion, respect, and understanding
- Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
- Real strategies for enacting positive change
- Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance
Is what I say really confidential?
Texas state law protects relationship between a client and a psychotherapist and information cannot be disclosed without written permission from the client.
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which therapists are required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities within 24 hours.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, therapists are required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, therapists are required by law to take steps to ensure their client’s safety and may call 9-1-1 to ask for a Mental Health Deputy to help assess and provide protection to the client.
- A court may subpoena your session records.
If we encounter any of these exceptions I will make every effort to enlist your cooperation in insuring your safety and inform you of any action(s) I am obligated to take. Confidentiality and its limits are covered in our first session and I encourage you to ask questions at any time during our work together.