Supportive therapy unfolds at a comfortable pace, which looks different for everyone. Your therapist is nonjudgmental, and holds a safe, confidential space to allow for healing and growth. It's a process in which you and your therapist collaboratively explore how to reduce distress and increase balance in your life according to your own goals. During sessions, you are in the driver's seat! Most of the time, you will lead your therapist with the topics you'd like to discuss. You may find that, in many sessions, you are doing most of the talking and your therapist may ask questions regarding emotions or experiences and will help connect how specific interactions/events/topics may be tied to other significant times in your life, ultimately searching for the source of particular behaviors or thought patterns that may no longer be serving you. Finding the root cause of these patterns is important for the healing process; as we learn more about ourselves and the 'why' behind these patterns, we can feel more able to give ourselves the grace and patience we need to heal from our wounds and eventually work towards showing up in the world in the ways we most desire. This healing process allows us to connect more to our inner being and helps develop a healthier relationship with our whole self...and a healthy relationship with ourselves is the foundation for every other relationship and connection we have.
Cliché as it may sound, it's best to think of therapy as a process rather than a weekly event. Typically speaking, it takes years for us to create our patterns and responses in life. We unconsciously create them based on what we've observed and experienced, and how we've learned to get through (or avoid) our most emotionally stressing situations. But sometimes we find these behaviors no longer serve their purpose adequately or adaptively, even if they always have in the past. It's at this point that many of us seek counseling, as we aim to learn how our patterns developed, and what we can do to create new ones that serve us better. Though difficult, this process can help us create a solid foundation for stronger connections, and an overall healthier life.
Typically therapy sessions are around 50 minutes, and occur weekly. There is no definitive number of sessions set, as you and your therapist continually assess how the process is feeling.
Before the first session, your therapist will electronically send you information on completing your initial paperwork and questionnaires. During your first session, they will discuss with you the legal limits of confidentiality, along with more details of the therapeutic process. Questions are welcomed and encouraged!