EDNA HEALY · MFT              

Compassion  Kindness Clarity           

How Long Does It Take and How Often Do We Meet?

First Step:

We first talk on the phone. I ask you about what's going on for you and what you would like to get from therapy. We explore a bit about how you're feeling and what you would like to be different in your life.  If it feels right we schedule an in-person session. If for some reason I'm not the right person for you to work with I'll help you with referrals. 

How often do we meet?

In most cases I meet weekly with clients. Meeting weekly is important as it creates consistency and allows trust and connection to be built. This connection and trust creates the foundation from which we can fully explore the issues you struggle with.

How long does therapy take?

The answer is it depends. Some issues lend themselves to short term work such as test preparation, stress due to a temporary situation, adjusting to a career transition or work stress.  A single traumatic experience when there is no history of prior trauma and you have a strong support system is in place may also be worked with in shorter term therapy (please see my EMDR page for more info). Relief from symptoms of mild anxiety or depression sometimes may occur in a shorter time period.  We are complicated beings and sometimes even when the focus begins on one issue other related issues may come to the surface.  Together we talk about it.  I listen to your feelings and thoughts about it and share my perspective on the issue. We look at your desired goals and decide if it is an issue that blocks you from your desired outcome or if it is something that you may want to look at in the future.

Some individuals I work with have relationship troubles, experience low self-esteem, have difficulty trusting, self-harming behaviors, have an ongoing history of depression or anxiety. Others have issues related to growing up in an alcoholic/dysfunctional family, experienced abuse/trauma, and have symptoms of post traumatic stress. Frequently individuals and couples who are coping with these kinds of issues benefit from in-depth psychotherapy. In this work we take the time to explore your current life experiences, what’s working and what's not working the way you want it to.  I support you in looking at ways you may be coping that are no longer effective, strengthen the ways that you already cope that are working for you and develop new ways to cope with your current experiences. We also make space to see how past painful experiences may have shaped your current experience.  The healing that can happen as you explore more deeply can help change long-standing patterns of relating that have not worked for you.

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