Below is a list of some frequently asked questions. If you don't find the answers you're looking for here, please feel free to email me.
- What is LCSW accreditation?
- How do I choose a therapist who is right for me?
- What are the possible risks and benefits of therapy?
- What is the frequency and duration of sessions?
- How long should I expect to be involved in therapy sessions?
- Is information shared in sessions confidential?
- What types of therapy do you practice with your clients?
- What types of people and problem areas do you have experience working with?
- What can I expect during my first session?
What is LCSW accreditation?
LCSW stands for Licensed Clinical Social Worker. This title is awarded to individuals who have successfully completed a graduate level master's program from an accredited university, a minimum of 3,000 hours of supervised clinical practice post master's degree, and, passed a state certified clinical examination. In Illinois, LCSWs must also complete a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education every two years.
How do I choose a therapist who is right for me?
The most important factor is whether he or she makes you feel at ease. Are you confident that they can listen well and really come to understand where you are at in your life, and, where you want to go. Take the time to really talk to this person, prepare all of your questions as you interview therapists. Listen to your instincts about the level of connection you can have with this person. It may take interviews with several people, but the time invested upfront in selecting the right therapist is well worth it.
What are the possible risks and benefits of therapy?
There are few risks to beginning therapy other than the emotions you may experience in discussing challenges you have faced, or are currently dealing with. Often, however, it is through these types of conversations that real progress is made in helping people achieve more successful, happier, healthier lives.
What is the frequency and duration of sessions?
Most clients visit once a week for a 45 minute session.
How long should I expect to be involved in therapy sessions?
All services are personalized to each individual's specific needs and the speed of their progress. Most often, services last 4-24 months.
Is information shared in sessions confidential?
All information shared is confidential and protected in accordance with the social work Code of Ethics and the law.
What types of therapy do you practice with your clients?
Depending on the individual, and their specific needs, I often utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and a systems approach. I believe successful therapy may utilize many different techniques, including active listening, compassion and specific action steps. I believe that attempting to create a "one-size-fits-all" therapy approach is not the best way to help people.
What types of people and problem areas do you have experience working with?
Most of my experience has been in working with adults and adolescents facing issues such as: depression, anxiety, obsessions and compulsions, eating disorders including binging and overeating, obesity, self esteem and body image, personal development, stress, behavioral issues, couple/marital issues, family issues, grief and loss, interpersonal relationships, abuse, trauma, mental illness and dual diagnosis.
What can I expect during my first session?
A relaxed, supportive environment, informal discussion and your initial questions addressed. I will ask you what you want to accomplish and the key issues that you believe are keeping you from reaching your goals.
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