50-minute sessions, one to one. The frequency of sessions is generally every week or two weeks — to be discussed during the first visit.
75-minute sessions, usually with both partners. The frequency of sessions is every week or every two weeks. The first three sessions are focused on assessment. Mia will meet with you both during the first session and then meet with each of you individually for one session. From then on sessions are usually with both partners in attendance. The option for 50-minute sessions is available.
Mia uses a HIPAA secure software which allows for confidential online therapy sessions. If you are curious about the efficacy of online therapy, please check out: Does Online Therapy Work?
Isn’t asking for help a sign of weakness?
It takes strength to allow yourself to be vulnerable enough to seek out therapy. And it takes courage to admit you can’t do it on your own and to ask for help. The truth is we all need help now and then. Mia collaborates with you to identify and build upon your strengths so that you can use them to work through life’s challenges.
Why is it better to talk to a therapist rather than my best friend?
A therapist is specially trained to assess and assist you in addressing your problems in a way that friends and family are not. A trained therapist can also provide a level of objectivity that is usually quite difficult for a friend or family member to do. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, you may feel uncomfortable and wish to avoid that person in the future.
Isn’t it better to just take medication?
Research shows that while medication can be helpful, it is usually not as effective in the long term as either therapy alone or counseling combined with medication. Mia has experience and training to assist you in identifying thoughts and patterns that are holding you back and learn new ways to address and even embrace life’s challenges.
What happens during a therapy session?
Mia creates a safe space for you to address your concerns openly and honestly. Mia will ask questions and guide you in exploring your thoughts and feelings while identifying and building on your strengths. Her curiosity and individualized approach assure that the session will be designed to meet your specific needs.
How long will therapy take?
Each situation is unique, making this question difficult to answer. Depending on what brings you to therapy; your goals; your commitment to attending sessions consistently; actively participating in session; committing to working on your own in between sessions; all play a part in how long it will take to achieve your desired results. The relationship between you and your therapist is also of crucial importance. You can be sure that Mia will treat you with respect and encourage you to let her know of any concerns you may have. And if, for some reason, she is not the best person to assist you, you can be sure she will do her best to refer you to someone who is.
What can I do to get the most out of therapy?
Your consistent attendance, active participation, both during and in between therapy sessions will be crucial to your success in reaching your goals. A dedication to change and growth, a willingness to remaining curious, and a sense of humor all help, too!