What benefits can I expect from therapy?

Some of the benefits from therapy include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values
  • Developing skills and tools for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications skills – learn how to listen to others, and have others listen to you
  • Getting “unstuck” from unhealthy patterns – breaking old behaviors & develop new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

What can I expect in a psychotherapy session?

During sessions, the focus is completely on you (the client), which may be a very new and welcoming experience.   You are expected to talk about the primary concerns and issues in your life.   A session lasts 60 minutes (which also includes arrangement of appt times and paperwork), but some people request longer sessions. Usually weekly sessions are best. Some people who are in crisis or extreme distress need more than one session per week, at least until the crisis passes.

During the time between sessions it is beneficial to think about and process what was discussed. At times, you may be asked to do some ‘homework’ outside of the therapy sessions, such journaling thoughts and feelings.   For therapy to “work,” you must be an active participant, both in and outside of the therapy sessions.

How long will therapy take?

It is not possible to answer this question accurately since the length of treatment varies from individual to individual. The first couple sessions are especially helpful in getting background information, identifying the issues at hand, and providing you with a potential time frame. In general, though, research has shown that therapy clients do report feeling better within as few as 6-8 sessions, but many clients have noticed results even sooner.

What happens at the first appointment?

It is very helpful and less time-consuming if you come into the first session prepared. Please download the Intake Form and Consent Formhere, then print and complete them. Be sure to remember to bring them with you to your first appointment.

At our first appointment, I will ask you some general and background questions to begin to get to know you and your concerns. Many people feel relieved about not having to take the lead in the first meeting because they may feel nervous and uncomfortable. You will have an opportunity to talk about the reason why you decided to come for help.

This is also an opportunity for both of us to get a sense of what it is like for us to work together.   If, at the end of the first session, we decide for any reason that your needs would be better served by another professional, then I will do my best to provide you with appropriate referrals.

What if I don’t know what my goals are for therapy?

If you aren’t sure what your goals are for therapy, our first task is to figure that out. It may take a few sessions before a direction is revealed. During the course of therapy, as your symptoms improve or you notice you have gained some new skills or insight, then your goals may also change.

How do I know it will work?

There is no magic formula for treatment.  In fact, it takes hard work, time, and commitment. The most common reason therapy ‘fails’ is because the client stops treatment too early when it gets difficult.  For example, people commonly avoid facing uncomfortable feelings or painful memories.  Often these things have been the reason for their distress all along, so pushing them aside does not allow a person to heal and move on and the issues always linger.

How do I choose the right professional for me?

Of course, you could choose a mental health professional based on their area of expertise if you are dealing with a very specific problem or condition in which they have a unique set of skills.  However, research has shown that the most important factor in a successful therapy experience is the relationship between the client and the professional.  Just like every client is different, so is each psychologist.  Find the person who best fits with your own personality and style of communication, so you can feel the most comfortable sharing the intimate details of your life, thoughts and feelings.

What is the difference between a psychologist and a therapist or counselor?

Word to the wise… look carefully into the background of the person who you entrust with your mental health.

The terms psychologist or psychotherapist are sometimes used by the public interchangeably, however, they are not  the same.  In America, a psychologist has to have a doctorate degree, which is 4 more years education beyond a masters degree.   Here in Denmark,  a person with a psychology masters degree from a well-recognized university can use the title of psychologist,  if approved by supervisory board.   Danes who are practicing as therapists tend to have even less education than a masters,  and a counselor is a lay-person (non-professional), such as a church volunteer.

Nonetheless, in addition to an appropriate education, it is also important for the professional to have extensive supervised practical training, and legitimate qualifications recognized by Danish psychological authorities.

Be aware that there is no regulating board overseeing ‘therapists’ or ‘counselors’ with substandard education and experience.  They are ill-equipped to handle serious psychological conditions and can present potential hazards to clients.

What does it mean for my sessions to be confidential?

Confidentiality is crucial in the therapeutic relationship to ensure trust.  You have the right for any information that you share in the therapy session to remain confidential, including the fact that you are a client.  If any of your family or friends were to ask me if you are in therapy or about anything shared in a therapy session, they would be referred back to you to disclose that info yourself.

Should it be beneficial for your treatment to obtain or release information (ie. such as consulting with your MD)  then I would first get your verbal or written consent.   Be aware that there are certain limits of confidentiality in specific circumstances (i.e. abuse) (see Confidentiality form –click here to download) to know when a mental health professional must disclose info.

Do you take health insurance or will the commune help pay for treatment?

Individual cases will be considered for financial assistance.  I offer reasonable prices, certain rebates, and manageable payment plans to help every budget.  (Please refer to Prices and Locations page).