No one person is prepared to deal with every life challenge that comes along. Sometimes people feel vaguely discontent with their lives and are not sure why. Professional, objective, caring guidance can be especially helpful at these times. Little Steps Northern Beaches
Someone seeking help often has issues to talk about that are sensitive and difficult to discuss. Your privacy, confidentiality, and sense of safety are very important to me. My office environment is quiet, inviting, comfortable and conducive to discussing your personal concerns. My style of working with people is both collaborative and interactional. I design the help I offer to accommodate the unique needs of each person.
It is very normal to feel a bit nervous the first several times you come in for therapy visits, especially if you have never been to see a therapist before. After all, you are discussing sensitive, sometimes painful, personal concerns with someone who (at least in the beginning) is a total stranger to you. Usually these feelings of nervousness subside as you become familiar with me, the way we interact with each other, and the process of psychotherapy.
Sometimes people worry about what to talk about. Talking in therapy comes naturally for some people, but for others it is more difficult. It usually becomes much easier with time. It may help to remember that psychotherapy is a collaborative process and I will be there to facilitate the interaction with questions and comments – so the “what to talk about” will not be all on your shoulders.
The Initial Evaluation session is 60 minutes long. Subsequent sessions are 45 minutes in length. Except for occasional emergencies, I start and end sessions on time as scheduled.
When you arrive at my office for the first session, be aware that there is no receptionist. Just come in to the waiting room and make yourself comfortable. There is a water fountain and restrooms located in the lobby area. I will be out to the waiting room to greet you at the scheduled time.
Being honest and open will facilitate your progress in therapy. At the same time, there is no need to feel pressured to “tell all” in a first session. Telling too much too soon can sometimes result in so much anxiety that a person becomes afraid or avoidant of returning for a second session. So pace yourself, and disclose what you need to at a pace that is comfortable for you.
If you are paying out-of-pocket, we can discuss fees when you call to schedule a first appointment. Flexible fees and payment arrangements are available on a case by case basis.
I am here to help. Please know that I am always open to hearing about any concerns or questions you have about your therapy or your progress in therapy.