People seek psychotherapy and counseling for many different reasons. You might feel unsatisfied and stuck in life and are unsure how to make changes to create a more satisfying life. Therapy is also a great tool for people who are going through a major transformation in life, which can feel unfamiliar, foreign and frightening. The experience may trigger old feelings or habits and may leave you feeling alone, overwhelmed, anxious, depressed and without direction.
Contrary to popular belief, therapy is not only beneficial when your life feels unmanageable. Counseling can be used to seek growth and understanding of your own limitations and how to work past them. It can also help you focus on building tools, resources and strengthening skills and areas of strength.
What therapy is
What to expect
A counseling session is a time to share what you are looking for out of life, develop resources, grow, get some specific feedback, set personal and/or professional goals and develop a plan to help you achieve them. A session will provide a snapshot of your current life situation to gain better insight of the issues that you are facing. This will help to identify where the issues and blocks originated from and why. This is all done in a safe, confidential and comfortable environment.
How will your life improve from counseling?
You will gain a better insight and understanding of who you are, behaviors and the direction your life has taken. This is important because lack of understanding and appreciation for our lives can create patterns of limitation for ourselves. Understanding and appreciation for ourselves garners a sense of empowerment, self-love, care, and joy in everything we do. This in turn reduces the amount of stress and anxiety we feel in daily life. Confidence is restored, communications with others improve, and you begin to move through life’s obstacles with less effort. An all over sense of health, healing and well being is restored and life becomes more manageable and satisfying.
If it is depthwork you choose you will be guided to connect with your own internal knowing, ancestral wisdom and energy that expands within the universe. You can choose the depth in which this may enhance your life.
Types of Therapy
is right for you?
There are may types of therapy. Finding the right type and person is important. My calling is to do depth work with client's. I do also offer many other types of therapy that range from an average of 1year to 10 plus years of therapy, dependent on need and desire. Some of the modalities I use that you can further research at your will are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, Family Based Therapy, EMDR, Client Centered Therapy, as well as integrate Somatic Therapies, art and movement.
Knowing what is right for you is important. I do offer short term based therapy if it is what someone is looking for. I find that trauma and eating disorder therapy is long term in order for the best healing work to occur.
Choosing how deep to go.
Depth work is not for everyone. Depth psychotherapy describes a range of approaches to therapy that take the unconscious into account, rather than one specific modality. This interdisciplinary approach to treatment is based on the idea that all people possess traits or elements of nature that may influence, often unconsciously, their natural processes.These processes such as the ability to feel, choose, work, love, or think freely may be affected negatively by certain of these elements, and people may seek treatment in order to resolve distress experienced as a result of any unbalanced processes. Depth therapies may help individuals explore and consciously realize those forces having an effect and study them in order to better understand their present situation.
HOW DOES DEPTH THERAPY WORK?
Depth therapy sessions are conducted individually. The bond between the therapist and person in treatment is particularly emphasized in depth therapy approaches, as the exploration of the unconscious may necessitate high levels of trust and acceptance. A session may involve the exploration of current life events as well as past experiences; in either case, the therapist supports the person in treatment through the process of self-awareness and inner wisdom of the client.
Therapists may help those in treatment through the exploration of any unconscious conditions, offering support and guidance as the individual examines and ponders them in order to understand them fully. The new information may then be used as a tool for the development of more positive traits and elements that can be integrated first on the conscious level and eventually on the unconscious level.
Techniques used in depth therapy to facilitate growth and change include:
Socratic questioning, which involves the therapist asking the person in treatment a series of warm and gentle, but also challenging, questions. These questions are used to help people develop an increased awareness of their unconscious motivations and early experiences. Later in therapy, Socratic questioning may be used to help people identify alternative and more rational plans for actions, when actions may otherwise be overly influenced by unconscious factors.
Guided and eidetic imagery, which is used by the therapist to guide an individual through exploration of the full sensory experience of early memories. Through detailed exploration of any experiences that led to feelings of inferiority or discouragement, the therapist can help elicit awareness and offer support and encouragement as the person in therapy remembers early images.
Role playing future scenarios, which can provide a safe place for those in therapy to practice alternative and rational plans for action. Role playing can include practice with progressively more challenging scenarios, so individuals can have the opportunity to practice new behaviors and ways of thinking with the support and acceptance of the therapist.
WHAT ISSUES CAN DEPTH THERAPY HELP WITH?
Individuals with deep-rooted emotional concerns, trauma, or issues they do not fully understand may find depth therapy to be a beneficial mode of therapy. Those who experience depression, anxiety, relationship issues, sexual concerns, compulsions, or a variety of life challenges may be able to explore and understand the roots of these difficulties through depth therapy. Generally, depth therapies do not focus on a specific problem or issue, instead seeking to address the entire scope of an individual's conscious and unconscious emotions.
Individuals wishing to spend time more deeply exploring the things that led them to seek treatment may find depth therapy a useful approach. Studies have shown depth therapy may have long-lasting, significant results. It is typically a lengthier approach than solution-focused therapies, and individuals wishing to spend time more deeply exploring the things that led them to seek treatment may find depth therapy a useful approach. One outcome that may often result from depth therapy is an increase in self-awareness and a deeper understanding of the self. Those who are experiencing difficulty understanding their life purpose or are searching for a sort of higher calling may seek out some form of depth therapy to gain insight into their unconscious conditioning. As a result, they may feel a greater sense of authentic self and an increased sense of liberation from the concerns affecting them and may find themselves with an increased capacity to maintain strong, healthy inter- and intrapersonal relationships.
Depth therapy requires individuals to engage in abstract thinking. The techniques used call for those in therapy to consider multiple meanings of concepts, explore patterns in their behavior, and consider non-literal meanings. Sometimes people are unwilling, unable, or would simply prefer not to engage in abstract thinking, and depth therapy may not be ideal for those who prefer a more concrete approach to therapy
Fees and Insurance
Fees and payment options
My fee is $150.00 per 50 minute session and $200.00 for a 80 min session. I currently take Beacon and Tri-West. I can provide a superbill for other insurances but it does not mean that your insurance will always pay you back. The best way to know is to contact your insurance and see what they pay out of network and what your deductible is as well as any the percentage they cover. All of this information will help you make an informed choice. I do offer sliding scale but slots are not always open.
Please note that a sliding scale slot is given and kept for those individuals who are wanting to work in therapy and show up for appointments.
I take cash, check and credit card.
Commitment to Therapy: I take the healing work I create with with those I work with to heart. I desire to create spacefor those who want to show up and do the work. I invite those who are ready to into the types of therapy I offer. My policy of cancelation is 48 hours and if there are several missed without notification it may result in losing your spot as a client. It is important part of the container I hold for those I see.