I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. Everyone has times in their life when their old ways are no longer working for them. Maybe you even have started to question your most firmly held beliefs and values. New Moon Counseling is designed to be a safe haven for those who feel lost and don’t know where to turn, who find themselves enveloped by a “dark night of the soul.” By helping you listen to the wisdom of the deepest parts of yourself, psychotherapy can transform the terror of uncertainty into the beauty of a new life filled with profound meaning.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
What medication does is treat symptoms, and often that can be very helpful. However, in our work together, the goal is not to eradicate symptoms, but rather, to be curious about them and get to know them intimately. Believe it or not, the very thing that makes you suffer can also be a key that unlocks deep meaning and personal growth.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Therapy is a unique endeavor for each individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. Your sessions might include any of the following or combinations thereof: talk, guided meditation, creative arts, and body awareness. As we become more comfortable with each other, relevant approaches and activities will likely make themselves known organically. I value your feedback and encourage you to share and reflect on your experience throughout the process.
How long will it take?
Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them. The length of time of therapy depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place. If you are seeking depth-oriented psychotherapy, it is helpful to view the process as a journey. It is hard to predict just where it might take you or exactly how long. In the words of poet Theodore Roethke, “I learn by going where I have to go.”
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.