Frequently asked questions

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 How is therapy different from talking to friends or family?

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Our friends and family can be a an invaluable part of our support network. And it is not at all the same experience as talking to a therapist. What is discussed between you and a therapist is private, it doesn't follow you into other areas of your life, thus creating a place that is safe, private and just for you. Also, as a psychologist I am able to bring a more objective perspective, calling on my experience and clinical knowledge to help my clients through to a healthier, more fulfilling place.

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How long before I start to feel better?

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In my experience, people often leave my office after that first visit feeling better than when they came in. They have a sense of relief, of hope, a feeling of being heard and understood. They have some specific suggestions for how to move forward. They feel they have a found a place that is just for them, that is separate and private from the rest of their lives. For many women it is the only place like that they have.

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How long does therapy usually last?

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Each session is usually 55 minutes, although I sometimes do 80 minute sessions. The frequency of sessions depends on what you feel that you need. Most clients come every week or every other week. It may be more frequent at the beginning and often as infrequent as once a month for a 'tune-up' as progress is being made and changes are being put into place.

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Do you do web Therapy?

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Yes!  Whether you live locally and can't get to my office on occasion or if you are drawn to working with me and live outside the metro Denver area I have found video therapy via FaceTime or Skype to me an effective way to connect when we can't be in the same room together.

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Do I have to be in therapy for years before things get better?

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Absolutely not. Sometimes people just need a few visits to get some help with a particular problem. Other times people have more complex issues to work out. No matter how long you're in therapy, however, you should continue to feel that it is useful and helpful, that changes are being made and things are getting better.

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Do I have to delve into my past?

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You are in the driver's seat and I am there to help and guide you on your journey. What you choose to talk about, to deal with is entirely up to you. There is not just one right way to solve your problems. Because I use a variety of approaches to psychotherapy we can always find a path and a pace that fits you.

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Do you work exclusively with women?

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Working with women is my focus -- whether you are a woman dealing with issues around work, family, relationships, emotional struggles, or parenting issues specifically. I also work with couples who are dealing with parenting and other relationship issues.

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How do I choose the right therapist ?

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Finding a therapist you feel comfortable with is an essential element to the success of your therapy. At a cocktail party, you are naturally drawn to and feel comfortable with some people more than others. Likewise, you should feel comfortable, understood and respected when talking to a potential therapist. Because I feel that this fit is so important, I waive my fee for an initial 25-minute office consultation to give you a sense of what it would be like to work together.
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