The idea of coming to therapy can be a bit scary for some and many questions may arise:
What will happen to me? Will I lie on a couch and the therapist will sit behind me? Will she stay silent the whole time? Will I be told what to do? These or similar questions you may have are perfectly normal.
Personally, I see therapy sessions as a chance for you to feel safe and completely free to talk about whatever you think it is important for you, what you would like to change or improve in your life. It is not just a time where you can talk about your problems but it is also working together towards more positive and helpful ways to perceive things and get to “solutions”.
The first session is a chance for both you and I to get to know each other and find out together if I am the best person to help you. Like every other professional or personal interaction, you may feel it click or you may feel like trying somebody else first and then make up your mind. Sometimes it takes more than one session or you and I may feel there could be somebody else best placed to support you
I see therapy as a process where I definitely listen but I also actively participate in the conversation. It is a process where you might be encouraged to look at things in a different way or learn new ways to react to events in the past or the present. Every now and then it may also include some task or homework you could do in between sessions.
In terms of length of therapy, it depends on what goals you would like to achieve and what your needs are. You may feel you want to commit for just a few sessions first and then decide whether you want to carry on or not.
Ultimately, the main goal of the therapist is to help you reconnecting with your own creativity and identifying your inner resources in order to feel better with yourself and in the relationships with your significant others.
In my attempt to help clients, I draw from different theoretical models of Psychology and Psychotherapy as I believe the Psychologist tools-kit should look Mary Poppins' bag and include something different for every situation as no person is the same.
I am passionate about the Systemic Therapy Approach, but I also regularly include Gestalt, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), Narrative Therapy, Attachment Based Therapy, and some CBT.