I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. Everyone needs help now and then. Recognizing when you need support and then reaching out to get it takes wisdom, courage, and a desire for a better quality of life.
I’ve been through therapy before but I still have uncomfortable symptoms. Can Somatic Experiencing® help?
If you’ve gone through talk therapy but still experience anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia or overwhelm, a different type of therapy might be worth a try. Symptoms like those mentioned above and syndromes like fibromyalgia, irritable bowel and chronic pain or fatigue can be signs of a dysregulated nervous system. Somatic Experiencing® and other somatic-based therapies can access the autonomic nervous system where the dysregulation is rooted.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
I can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, help you gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and guide you in accessing your nervous system where healing can take place. Also, therapy 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, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there’s the risk that once you’re feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is to treat symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root cause of your distress and employ strategies that can help you reach a state of comfort, balance and resilience. Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals, I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs, making use of techniques derived from Somatic Experiencing®, polyvagal theory, mindfulness, self-compassion interventions and yoga. I will be inviting you to notice and “be with” your feelings, sensations, thoughts and other parts of your interior world. At times I may ask you to make certain movements or do some breathing practices. Together, we’ll become observers of your nervous system and employ methods that enable it to become better regulated.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this isn’t possible to say. Everyone’s circumstances are unique and the length of time healing can take relates to your goals, the state of your nervous system, your current situation, your history, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am glad that you’re interested in getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your healing. After all, we generally only meet once a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will help the process.