You work with Step-moms but do you work with men?
Yes, I work with men who are experiencing challenges within a step/blended family. I also work with men who notice that their wives or girlfriend’s are struggling with her role as a stepmom.
I’m not married, but I’m dating or living with someone who has children, can you help me?
Absolutely, If you are dating, or married to a person with children, I consider you a step-mom or step-parent. I also work with step-dads.
I’ve never talked to a therapist. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
It takes strength and courage to reach out for help and make the choice to no longer suffer in silence. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again.
What’s the difference between talking to you vs. my best friend or family?
Your friends and family mean well and come from a place of love; but they have their limitations. A licensed mental health professional has received extensive training related to the mind and helping you to make sense of the world around you. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Each person who seeks therapy has a unique set of circumstances so each interaction will differ. Overall, you will be asked questions about your background, your particular situation and challenges. We will work together to build a relationship, so you feel comfortable enough to talk about the uncomfortable things. We will work together to come up with treatment goals and meet once a week. You will work outside of the session and “off the couch” to implement and try strategies that were tackled in session.
How long will it take?
That’s difficult to say. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other once a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.