When will I start to feel better?
This will be different for each individual. It takes time for a therapeutic relationship to be established. On the average, people can generally improve their functioning in 6-12 sessions, however for deeper rooted issues, this can take longer. However many people report starting to feel relief as soon as coming to their first appointment. Changing behavior can take time. Remember, we all have conditioned ways of functioning and interacting in the world and with others. Change is possible through awareness. Scheduling an appointment is the first step in cultivating awareness.
How long are my sessions?
Your first session is considered an intake session and is 90 minutes in length. Individual session after that are 50 minutes long. Please arrive early and on time to ensure that you are seen for your full session. Due to scheduling limitations, I am unable to extend the session in the event that you are running late. If you would like to schedule a longer session, please discuss this with me prior to your session.
What should I expect at my first session?
After you have made the decision to embark on this transformative journey, we will take a moment to honor the courage and self-compassion it takes to show up and work towards enhancing the quality of your life. Much of the initial session is spent on establishing rapport, identifying goals for therapy, clarifying needs/concerns, reviewing pertinent background information, and setting an intention for moving forward. It's almost like preparing a map of travel for a road trip. Through the process of therapy itself, new insights and perspective shifts will emerge that contribute to further defining the destination. It is perfectly normal to discover that your initial concerns are not what brought you to therapy in the first place. The hope is that you will arrive at a clearer understanding of yourself and how the past may be contributing to present day suffering.
Are my sessions confidential?
Absolutely!!!!!! I have an ethical and professional obligation to keep all content discussed in therapy confidential. Confidentiality does have a few limitations. In the event that you were to disclose in session that you were planning to cause harm to yourself or someone else, I am mandated to take action to keep you and others safe. I am also required by law to report any alleged instances of child or elder abuse to the appropriate authorities.
Does Yoga Therapy involve touching? Is it like massage therapy?
The answer is yes and no. Since yoga therapy involves the application of yogic teachings and practices to promote whole health healing and empowerment, yoga postures are incorporated into the session and may require a hands on adjustment from time to time. The intention behind this is to provide you with physical feedback that will assist you in improving your own body awareness, in addition to enhancing your recognition of where you may be holding tension or where a particular muscle is inhibited and isn't firing properly. Most of the time, individuals discover insight and clarity with verbal cues alone. You always have the right to refuse a hands on adjustment. By no means does yoga involve massage. Massage therapy is a body therapy that keeps your lymphatic system healthy, in addition to releasing tension by actively massaging different muscle groups.