We rely upon a variety of theories and techniques to ensure a highly personalized and tailored approach to your therapeutic needs.
Common Questions about Therapy
What should I expect in the first session?
The first session typically lasts 60 minutes. Time is allocated for completing necessary paperwork and obtaining a demographic/psychosocial history. We will begin the psychological assessment and start identifying therapeutic needs and goals. Getting acquainted and building a rapport over the first several sessions are also a priority to ensure the client and the therapist are a good match.
What is therapy like?
The therapeutic experience is different for each person, as goals, needs, and individual differences shape the scope of therapy. The client often leads the session and the therapist, typically, meets the client where they are. It is normal for sensitive or personal topics to emerge and be discussed. Therapy may also challenge some of your current thinking or behavioral patterns, but that is a normal part of the process.
How long will I be in psychotherapy?
The duration of treatment largely depends on your needs and circumstances. Therapy can be short-term for a specific issue, or longer-term to deal with more difficult patterns, trauma recovery or a desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist, usually on a weekly basis.
Is what we talk about in therapy confidential?
Confidentiality is pivotal to the counseling relationship and what is said in a session stays confidential. Due to the sensitive nature and subject matter discussed in therapy, trust is required between the client and the therapist. There are a few limits of confidentiality, including suspected abuse (past or present), neglect of children, adults, and elders, if there is a court-ordered subpoena or if the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person. These are required to be reported to the appropriate authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Grief Counseling and Loss
- Coping with Major Life Change
- Gambling Problems
- Trauma Related Issues and Diagnoses
- Addiction and Recovery
- Relationship Difficulty
- LGBTQ Issues
- Women’s Issues
- Mood Disorders
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We prioritize compassion, empathy, and empowerment to help you make meaningful change. Through trauma-informed therapy and psychoeducation, we mindfully navigate life’s struggles and empower you to grow by increasing self-awareness, learning mindfulness, and developing coping skills to heal the heart and mind.
20 Cedar Boulevard, Suite 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15228