What To Expect
MEETING YOUR GOALS FOR THERAPY
As a patient, you have certain rights that are protected by law. Your privacy and integrity are also of central concern and govern codes of professional conduct and licensing requirements.
As a psychotherapy patient, you may also have certain expectations. You may expect, for example, that the therapy process maintains a framework that keeps you safe and respects boundaries. You may expect that the therapy process remains neutral and free from judgment when controversial topics are introduced. You may expect the highest standard of professional conduct from your therapist, from returning calls promptly, to understanding and adhering to your therapy goals, and to maintaining a high professional level of competency and mastery.
In my work, I bring to bear 10 years of training and over 20 years of experience to the consulting room. As a senior faculty member of the Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, I also supervise the work of analytic candidates and am able to call upon a broad range of clinical experience that forms the basis for what I believe is a solid, well-informed viewpoint.
In our initial consultation and beginning sessions, I help people feel safe enough so that together, we can find ways to express what bothers and what hurts. Identifying this becomes part of the beginning of our process. Patients frequently begin by referring to “life problems” and their wish to “learn to cope.” Others often refer to dealing with stress—sometimes referred to as “stress management,” and others start by asking for help dealing with anxiety.
In this way, the narrative begins. We can understand why this work is also called “talk therapy”! A process of claiming one’s narrative and of making oneself understood begins to unfold. Some have an easy time speaking. Others struggle. Still others don’t want to speak and are looking for a certain kind of stillness. Part of my role is to help you to do what you need to do, and in this way, the work can begin to meet your goals for therapy.