Frequently Asked Questions
How do I obtain therapy?
You can email or call me to schedule an appointment in my office in Solana Beach. The face-to-face experience and the shared space is part of the unique experience of therapy, along with unconditional positive regard and empathy this creates a space for healing.
How does therapy work?
The therapeutic experience provides emotional support through the process of deep empathic listening. This allows the client to view problems through a wider lens that provides more perspective. By viewing issues through this new perspective the client can feel more spacious and skillful in their responses. Therapy can provide more problem-solving skills and a better understanding of the Self. The therapist provides techniques and perspectives on previously stuck or insurmountable problems. Therapy becomes a process of untangling the threads of one’s life and reweaving them into a new cloth.
What is therapy like?
Therapy is as varied as the leaves on a tree, since no two people are alike therapy is a unique experience. People often come to therapy when nothing is working in their lives or they are experiencing a huge life transition. There are some common denominators in the work, as the client and therapist build trust the client feels a greater sense of authenticity, even if this is feeling their emotional state more fully. Out of this trusting relationship the client can unpack their baggage. This unpacking process can be painful, but it is the road to greater ease and freedom. Through the process of sustained contact, the client can begin to heal old wounds and hurts, and learn better ways of getting their needs met. Therapy can be long-term or short-term depending on the focus of the issues, whether they are specific or more complex.
What about medication?
As a Marriage and Family Therapist I cannot prescribe medications, but I can give you referrals should you need medication. Medication is not a substitute for therapy, but it can enhance the therapy when appropriate. Medications are prescribed by your physician or a psychiatrist. Medication alone is generally not a solution for long-term problems as it does not reach the root of the distress. Therapy can reach the bedrock and change those preconceived notions that create distress.
Is therapy private?
Yes, the law protects the confidential communication between the client and the therapist. There are a few exceptions when the therapist must disclose privileged communication:
- if the therapist suspects child abuse, dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist must report it to CPS immediately.
- if the client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist will notify the police.
- if the client intends to harm themselves. The therapist will take action to ensure their safety, such as contacting family, their doctor or the hospital if the client cannot cooperate in their own safety.