How do I know if a therapist is right for me?
When working with a therapist, it is imperative that you have a good connection, trust, and excellent chemistry. In order to provide a platform to get to know me better and for me to understand your needs, I offer free 30 minute consultations.
How long are sessions?
I offer 50 or 90 minute sessions. Depending on your needs and our work together, we will determine which length is most appropriate for you.
How long will I be in therapy?
This is a common question I get asked, and one of the hardest to answer. Each person’s therapy is inherently unique and personal; it moves at its own pace. The simplest answer is that it ends when you feel that you have completed the work you came to therapy to do. It is a decision that is ultimately in your hands. It is our goal to work with you so you can be fully healed, empowered and living your best life. Some clients come with a specific goal in mind and end therapy once that goal has been met. Others find Thrive to be so helpful after their initial goal is met, that they stay longer and add additional goals, or add therapy as part of their self-care routine. Provided that we have worked well together with you and have a strong and trusting relationship, it is ideal (and not uncommon) for us to arrive at that question at about the same time. It is then a decision that we explore together with the understanding that you are welcome to come back at any time.
Is everything I talk about confidential?
Confidentiality is the bedrock of therapy; it protects your privacy to share freely and openly in your sessions. Your sessions and all information you disclose are confidential. Except for the instances stated below, which are required by law, we will not share information or respond to inquiries of any kind from any source without your written consent. All mental health providers are required to abide by these guidelines.
- If in my clinical judgment, you pose a threat to harm yourself, and you refuse appropriate treatment, I am ethically bound to notify the appropriate parties (those who can intervene to protect you).
- If you indicate a serious imminent threat to harm another person, I am legally required to warn the intended victim(s) and the police and/or to obtain a civil commitment to the state mental health system.
- I am required to report any suspicion of child or elder abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities.
- In rare instances state or federal courts may subpoena my records for testimony. In most instances, I am forced to honor these subpoenas.