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Common Questions

What is a "mind-body" approach and how can it help me? 

A mind-body approach incorporates the experience and wisdom of the body along with more cognitive techniques to help clients overcome the obstacles that hold them back from living authentically and successfully in their professional and personal lives. Tools and techniques that are used include focusing on the breath and posture, tracking clients' "real-time" experience in their bodies, supporting clients to build a capacity to feel their feelings and make more conscious choices when they feel reactive to situations in their lives. This approach is very helpful in supporting lasting, real change that clients can put into practice and embody. 

What is the difference between coaching and psychotherapy?

Coaching and therapy are very similar and can work very well together, particularly when a solution-focused therapy approach is utilized. 

Psychotherapy generally deals with emotional or behavioral difficulties, and/or past painful situations.  The aim in psychotherapy is usually to help the client to help overcome obstacles from the past, ie, a traumatic experience or dysfunctional family of origin dynamics that hold you back from achieving current and future life goals. A licensed psychotherapist can also provide therapy services that are sometimes covered by your insurance carrier, while life coaching is not covered under any healthcare plans. 

Coaching helps an already successful, generally well-functioning person to reach a higher level of success.  Coaches also help clients leverage their strengths and develop themselves in ways that bring greater success and satisfaction in their career or in their personal life. The aim of coaching is generally to achieve excellence and greater success. Coaching is generally more oriented towards present and the future life goals and the action steps needed to attain those goals. 

Is therapy right for me?

Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of counsel as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.

Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.

How can therapy help me?

A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

What is therapy like? 

Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth.  Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:

  • Compassion, respect and understanding
  • Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
  • Real strategies for enacting positive change
  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance

Is medication a substitute for therapy?

In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. I have years of experience collaborating with both western and holistic health care practitioners. Working with your health care provider, you can determine what's best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, coaching and therapy address the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.

Is therapy confidential?

I hold my interactions with clients with deep integrity and confidentiality, whether they be clients seeking therapy, coaching, or bodywork. 

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client, except for the following exceptions: 

  • Suspected child abuse or serious neglect.  A therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately. 
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. A therapist is required to notify the police.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional safety measures may need to be taken.