First Time in Therapy?
Find the answers to some frequently asked questions below.
Can therapy really help me?
YES! If you are ready to be engaged in the process it can be very beneficial. Like any relationship, collaboration and open communication is the key. This is YOUR journey, I am just here to support you. Therapists can provide a space for you process without judgement, support you in navigating challenging life situations, and provide coping strategies for issues such as racial trauma, imposter syndrome, depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, self-esteem, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, and body image issues. Many people also find that therapist can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, and concerns
what should i expect when we start working together?
I usually start with a free 20 minute consultation to get to know each other, provide a space for you to ask questions, and assess if I am the right therapist for you. Successful outcomes in therapy are directly tied to the relationship between the client and the therapist! After your consultation, I will send you intake paperwork before attending your first office session. The paperwork includes information about my practice policies as well as information about yourself. In the first session, we will explore what brought you to therapy, discuss your expectations, and begin to think about our work together!
what is teletherapy?
Teletherapy refers to therapy that is provided by a licensed therapist via a secure video connection
what do i need for teletherapy?
If you have a private space, computer, a microphone, and a camera (which most computers/laptops/smartphones have automatically now), you’re set! You’ll also need a strong internet connection.
is teletherapy different from in-person therapy ?
Yes and no, utilizing video can be an adjustment and require flexibility due to technical difficulties. I would utilize all the same techniques and strategies online as I do in my office, to help you work through your depression, anxiety, traumas, and other challenges that you may face. The goal remains the same, to help you access your inner resilience and become the best version of yourself.
what are the benefits of teletherapy?
Convenience: You no longer have to travel or leave your home for that matter!
More access to quality care
Ease of scheduling
do you see clients who don't identify as BIPOC?
Absolutely! Although I specialize in working with clients who identify as BIPOC. I welcome and accept clients from all walks of life!
what is brainspotting?
Brainspotting is known as a somatic bottom up approach that it used to treat emotional trauma. The Brainspotting process targets body sensations utilizing the person’s field of vision via an eye position (where the person looks to access the brain spots and body spots) these locations correspond directly to location of the traumatic experiences and energies that are stored in the brain and body. Brainspotting is a non-hierarchal and an anti-oppressive approach that relies on the person’s own healing resources to engage in the healing process or patterns that are necessary to bring out the healing and recovery. For more information click here.
what is psychodynamic psychotherapy?
It is a therapeutic approach that brings awareness of how your past or childhood experiences related to attachment have influenced your current feelings, emotions, thoughts and behavioral patterns. Through development of insight and gaining self awareness of your learned behaviors you begin to develop new and more effective coping skills in your life. Psychodynamic psychotherapy has traditionally been a long term psychotherapy. However, psychodynamic psychotherapy may also be brief which allows you to focus on one specific problem or goal and work towards an understanding of how you can manage this problem.
what is cbt?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) involves learning to recognize emotions and thoughts, and thinking patterns that impact behavior. There is one quote to describe CBT, “The quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life.” Utilizing CBT you learn how to challenge negative thought processes and replace it with positive and more effective thoughts that will help you transform your life by engaging in more helpful and desired behaviors. CBT is a structured psychotherapy that requires full commitment, discipline and is not a quick or easy "fix" to significant mental health problems.
what is ifs?
Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an experiential and evidence-based psychotherapy that helps people heal by accessing and loving their protective and wounded inner parts.Its is a non-pathologizing healing approach rooted in neuroscience. IFS believes that healing becomes transformational & permanent when we embody Self and their parts rather than avoiding parts of the body that are hard to acknowledge.IFS believes that we all have a core self, which is our resource to heal. For more information click here