Frequently Asked Questions about Therapy
How often do I need to come to therapy?
The amount of time you will come to therapy is a decision that is made between you and your therapist. Though initially it is important for a client to come into therapy on a weekly basis, in order to establish a relationship with the therapist, eventually, you and your therapist will decide how often and for how long you need to come.
What happens during a therapy session?
A therapy session is a time for a client to have a safe, non-judgemental place to talk about whatever they want. What is unique in a therapy session is that it is a place where you will not be judged nor do you have to worry that anyone else will know what is talked about in there.
How long is a session?
Typically a session lasts 50 minutes.
What is Somatic Experiencing?
“Somatic Experiencing® is a body-awareness approach to trauma being taught throughout the world. It is the result of over forty years of observation, research, and hands-on development by Dr. Peter Levine. Based upon the realization that human beings have an innate ability to overcome the effects of trauma, Somatic Experiencing has touched the lives of many thousands. SE® restores self-regulation, and returns a sense of aliveness, relaxation, and wholeness to traumatized individuals who have had these precious gifts taken away. Peter has applied his work to combat veterans, rape survivors, Holocaust survivors, auto accident and post surgical trauma, chronic pain sufferers, and even to infants after suffering traumatic births.”
What if there are things I don’t want to talk about?
You will never be forced or coerced to talk about things that are not comfortable for you.
How will I know if therapy is working?
The purpose of therapy is to help the client gain the skills and tools they need to deal with their issues. It is not unsual to feel like therapy is making things harder at first, just because it can bring things to the surface that have been buried for a long time, but eventually, people start to realize they are feeling more relaxed about things, or that their anxiety level starts to come down.
What if I stop and want to come back ?
You can always come back, which is much easier than beginning therapy because the relationship has already been established.