How do I know I need therapy?
There isn’t a typical road that leads to seeking therapeutic help as we all have our unique and different stories. You may have been feeling low without quite knowing why or you have a very specific issue that you would like to explore in therapy. Help from friends and family or inner resources are not always enough and professional support can add to that network and help understand patterns of behaviour, choices we make and allow you to ultimately feel better. Whichever story is yours is always a valid and worthy one to share.
How long will I need therapy for?
The length of any therapy really depends on what led you to seek it in the first place and to what gets brought up during the sessions. Five or six visits, what would be considered as short-term therapy, can be sufficient to start feeling better or can also be a good minimum amount of time to evaluate together whether therapy needs to be carried on. If you wished to work on issues rooted more deeply, the length of the therapeutic process may then be more variable.
Either way, it is important to remember that there is always room for you throughout all the work to explore extending or shortening the commitment that is therapy.
How will I know if we can work together?
When we first meet, we will talk about how sessions work, about expectations and the commitment to therapy. You will be able to decide whether you wish to carry on and come back and it is very important to me that you feel comfortable with doing so.
Will I be asked questions I don't want to answer?
A therapy session will not mean that you will be interrogated. A session can sometimes bring up uncomfortable feelings and challenge you to explore them. Therapy is about learning to understand why these feelings exist in the first place. It can be at times a difficult process but also an empowering and extraordinarily rewarding one.
Do I have to talk during the whole session?
Other than the 50mins setting, there are no strict rules about how a session works. Silence can be as valuable as words and no one session will necessarily resemble the other.
Will I have to talk only about my past?
Not necessarily and certainly not at every session. However, exploring the past can be very useful in finding out more about your own patterns of behaviour, how they were born and how they shaped you. It can also be just as useful to look at these patterns in light of your life as it is today.
Why being a parent matters in me working with you?
Amongst my many therapeutic interests, is what becoming or being a parent means and how that experience affects and shifts the relationship with oneself, friends, partners and families. Being a parent often taps into the complex world of childhood memories and beliefs and that can feel overwhelming and difficult to name in a world that often idealizes parenthood.
My interest lies in helping you identify, name and embrace all your emotions, good and bad, giving them the room they deserve as learning tools about the self in order to successfully develop an authentic, loving and happy relationship with yourself and others as a parent.
Nb. I welcome additional questions. Do feel free to contact me if you have any.