Psychotherapy is a deep experience that leads to profound transformation in how you relate to yourself and others. It will help you gain a better understanding of your struggles, and to feel more stable and grounded. It is effective to develop stress management strategies and building resilience through life events. Just like going to the gym, therapy is about strengthening muscles we have not been using in our busy lives.
Change is a dynamic process that can be done in various ways. In psychotherapy, we will look for links between your emotional life, your behavior, and your relationships. It increases your self-awareness and ability to recognize triggers and patterns, helping you feel more in charge of your decisions and choices. Collaboratively, we will think about the place you want to be as a person, and how to get there.
What happens in our first meetings?
In our first meeting, we will usually talk about what brings you in and what you expect from therapy. This process of getting to know each other - for me to learn about your background and needs, for you to learn about me and my professional approach – generally takes 2 meetings so we can decide if we are a good match, and how to move forward.
How psychotherapy sessions look like?
You will be the one choosing the topics to be discussed and should feel free to talk about everything. There is no right or wrong in psychotherapy. It is a unique opportunity to get a better understanding of your emotions and experiment new ways of dealing with them.
How often and how long?
Each individual is very unique in his/her needs, struggles and resilience, therefore the frequency and duration of psychotherapy varies on a case-by-case. Typically, people come to see me once a week and sessions last 50 minutes. In specially challenging moments, it might be better to meet more often. Some people may stay in psychotherapy for a few months, and others may stay for few years. Sometimes, people stay in therapy longer as they enjoy the process and its impact on their self-awareness and symptoms.