Cliche as this may sound, there is no one size fits all timeframe for anyone to begin treatment. I am trained to meet a client, "where they are," meaning I will work with you wherever you are in your journey towards reaching your treatment goals. And that differs for every client. Simply, the right time for you to begin therapy is whenever you feel ready to do so.
I have found that quite the opposite is true. It takes a certain courage to explore difficult, painful, even frightening experiences and process them honestly and openly in treatment. It is far easier to not explore oneself, to not learn about oneself in treatment, to not try to evolve past the difficult, sometimes traumatic experiences that we sometimes face. All that to say that therapy can help you heal, and evolve in areas of your life previously unattended to.
Length of treatment greatly depends on the client's treatment needs, participation in treatment, among other factors such as: severity of symptoms, how long the symptoms have been taking place, level of impairment on daily living, level of support from support system such as family and friends, current stressors, financial limitations, etc.
It has been my experience that therapy is most effective on a consistent weekly basis. Therefore one of the simplest things a client can do is to be consistent with the treatment services, that the client chooses to engage in. Other aspects of treatment that a client can be attentive of are: having clarity of treatment needs, being open and exploratory in the treatment process, participating in assignments or other outside of the office activities-meant to support the client's clinical progress, among other factors.
I tend to not only try to understand the symptoms a client may be experiencing, but how those symptoms are impacting the client's functioning. Some people experience a stressor, such as a job loss, death in the family, or family conflict, and can function with relative ease in their daily life; while others experience stressors such as the aforementioned, and can't get out of bed in the morning, excessively worry, turn to substances, neglect their children, or refuse to tend to their daily responsibilities. Therapy with an attentive, supportive, and trained clinician, can help a client address the root of the issue, while assisting the client with learning and utilizing adaptive coping skills, in order to begin seeing progress and improvement in their lives.
I have a limited number of sliding scale appointments available. Reduced fee sessions are limited, and are based on client's income, and individual financial situation.
Length of treatment greatly depends on the client's treatment needs, participation in treatment, among other factors such as...