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Common Questions about Therapy

6301 Forbes Ave, Suite 105, Pittsburgh, PA 15217




What can I expect at our first meeting?

During our initial session, I will begin by discussing the concerns that have led you to seek therapy. We'll explore various aspects of your life to gain a comprehensive understanding of who you are as an individual. I understand that choosing a therapist is a significant decision, so I encourage you to share any questions or uncertainties you may have. Together, we will identify your primary concerns and goals, clarify the available options, and collaborate on developing a personalized plan for your therapy journey.

How long will I be in therapy?

The duration of therapy varies depending on several factors. While some individuals benefit from longer-term therapy, many find relief in shorter periods. Typically, clients conclude therapy once their initial concerns have been addressed. We will regularly assess your readiness to transition out of therapy. Many clients return at different stages of life to address new challenges and transitions.

What if I don't have clear goals?

Feeling uncertain or "stuck" is a common reason for seeking individual, family, or marriage counseling. Therapy can be invaluable when our own resources are insufficient, or when we benefit from external support and perspective. Having unclear goals should not deter you from exploring therapy; often, this is an ideal starting point for fruitful exploration.

Will therapy be helpful for me?

People pursue therapy for various reasons, such as anxiety, managing daily stress, life transitions, relationship issues, and low mood. The majority of my clients have found therapy to be beneficial. Success in therapy is most likely when there is a strong commitment to improving aspects of life that are no longer fulfilling. If you're experiencing challenges that hinder your happiness or potential, therapy can offer significant support in a safe and nurturing environment.

If my prior therapy didn't help, should I try it again?

If previous therapy experiences did not yield the desired results, you might question whether it's worth exploring therapy again with a different approach. Success in counseling often hinges on the fit between you and your therapist. A less-than-optimal experience can result from mismatched therapeutic styles. Research shows that a change in therapist often leads to positive outcomes. Each client-therapist relationship is unique, presenting an opportunity to address longstanding issues and achieve personal goals. Even if past experiences were disappointing, finding the right therapist can be transformative in your journey toward change.