How do I decide if a therapist is a good fit for me?
Therapy at its core is relational, so it is important to find a therapist who is respectful and with whom you feel you can be direct and honest. I usually take the first few sessions for us to get to know each other and determine if our working relationship could be one that benefits you. Sometimes the level of care needed, or the expertise required does not match my experience, in which case I will do my best to help you find an appropriate referral.
How can I set up an appointment?
To schedule an individual or couples therapy appointment, please contact me at 619-736-9117 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also complete this form and I will respond as best I can within 24 hours.
How long are sessions?
Sessions are generally 50 minutes once a week. Occasionally we may decide it is appropriate to meet for a longer time or at different intervals (such as if you need more support and meeting more often for a time).
How is somatic or body-oriented therapy different?
Traditional talk therapies tend to focus on understanding how the past impacts the present. Other therapies may focus mainly on cognitive patterns. Body-oriented sessions can look many different ways as they are unique to each person; they generally include both time for more traditional talking and reflecting as well as more specific body oriented work. This could mean paying attention to and working with your breathing, as well as noticing postures, gestures, movement (or stillness), and muscular action. During sessions, if it seems helpful, I may suggest experiments or ideas that utilize your body experience to help our work; just because I suggest something does not mean we need to proceed. Each exploration and experiment is talked about and agreed upon together. All experiential work is done with the client’s safety in mind, as well as with the right to stop an experiment at any point, for any reason. I do not use touch in my practice.