I’ve never been to therapy before. What can I expect to happen?

The first session is called an assessment where I’ll listen to what brought you to therapy, gather a brief history, and begin discussing approaches to treatment. The assessment can last between 1 and 1.5 hours. Subsequent sessions are typically 50 minutes. My style is interactive so that I will help guide you through the process while also being an active listener.

I’ve been to lots of therapists before; how will this be different?

Good question! The results of therapy can depend on numerous factors, including the therapist’s approach, the chemistry between the client and therapist, and the client’s commitment to change.  The approach needs to “feel right” to you. If you are not feeling like you are receiving help within the first few sessions, it is important to re-evaluate the direction of therapy. Also, it is important to feel respected and comfortable with your therapist. Finally, change can be scary. Perhaps it was not the right time in your life before to commit to change. It may be worth exploring your fears around change and what has been holding you back.

How long does therapy last?

My goal is to help you feel better as soon as possible. Research indicates that about 75% of clients show measurable improvement after about 6 months (26 visits) and 85% after 12 months (52 visits). That said, therapy can also be much briefer depending on your particular needs and goals.

Will insurance cover my visits?

Insurances are required by law to provide mental health benefits, but the amount of coverage varies widely. Please see my page on Services and Fees for more information.

How do I make an appointment?

You can contact me by phone at (541) 953-4969. Often  I am with clients but I do check my voicemail several times a day Monday through Friday.

Didn’t see your question answered here? The Oregon Mental Health Association has more on FAQs about therapy.