How Do I Choose the Right Therapist For Me?
Finding the right therapist is one of the most important parts of therapy. It lays the foundation for building trust and feeling comfortable exploring personal experiences and difficult emotions. When choosing a therapist you might consider the training, years of experience, theoretical orientation or the therapist’s specialty.
The right “fit” can be found using Psychology Today, web searches or word of mouth. Sage House offers a complimentary 20 minute phone consultation to give us a chance to learn more about your concerns and reasons for seeking therapy so we can pair you with the best therapist for your needs. The consultation also gives you a chance to ask questions and learn how we will work with you to reach your therapy goals.
Is Therapy Confidential?
Yes, everything you say and do in therapy is confidential. However, the law requires our therapists to contact the appropriate authorities if there is reason to suspect abuse or neglect or if you threaten to harm yourself or someone else. If you choose to sign a Release of Information Form, your therapist can be in communication with your care providers or a specific member of your medical or treatment team.
How Frequently Will I Attend Therapy Sessions?
Depending on the nature of the issue, most clients will begin therapy by coming for weekly sessions. For all child clients (ages 14 and under) we recommend weekly session for the duration of therapy to ensure best practice. For all clients, of all ages, it is important to have consistency and frequency, especially in the beginning of therapy, to help build rapport and lay a solid foundation for the therapy work to come.
Once we have started our work together we can then look at the nature of the issues and come up with the most appropriate treatment frequency and duration. Many people start coming to therapy weekly, then switch to bi-weekly and eventually once a month. Our goal is not to keep you or your child in therapy forever and ever!
We also understand our clients have busy lives and making it to the therapy office is not always possible. For those times, we offer online therapy sessions (Telehealth). This service is provided through an easy to use, confidential, HIPAA-compliant video conferencing tool. To learn more about the program we use for online therapy.
My Child Needs Therapy… Do I Attend Sessions With My Child?
The answer is, it depends. For most young children therapy is a new experience and can provoke feelings of anxiety. We recommend the parents of young children plan to attend the first session with their child. The therapist will be able to assess the best plan moving forward. For most school age children who are not struggling with separation anxiety, we recommend the child work independently with the therapist, while the parent remains in the waiting room. For older children and teens we encourage independence from the parent and confidentiality is preserved so the therapy can be effective and a safe place for sharing. As the parent, you made be invited into the therapy session to discuss concerns or when the therapists deems it necessary. You may also be invited to participate in family therapy or parent-child therapy sessions depending on your child’s assessment of what might be most beneficial for your child.
How Long Will I Be In Therapy?
Every client is unique and seeking therapy for different reasons. Some clients work with our Sage House clinicians to address specific, acute issues that can be resolved relatively quickly. Other clients may need to focus on deeper, life-long issues. In these cases, clients typically see our therapists for longer periods of time to allow for in-depth work and insight with the goal of lasting change.
How Can I Get the Most Out of Each Therapy Session?
As with most things in life, what you put into therapy is what you get out of it. Being open, authentic and trusting of the process are all great starting points to getting the most out of your investment. We also ask that you commit to making the changes you wish to see and recommendations made by your therapist. If you are a parent bringing your child to therapy, we ask for your involvement, open communication and willingness to provide feedback about the child’s behavior at school and home.
Therapy is a journey and it is not always easy. We may go to places you were not aware of or haven’t visited in a long time. Communicating with your therapist and fellow traveler on your journey is a key component to getting the most out of the experience. You may also keep a journal of thoughts and feelings and ask for homework assignments to do between sessions. Making sure to value your time in therapy is also key. By keeping your appointments and remaining consistent even when it gets tough, you are giving yourself the chance to experience lasting change.
Do I Have To Be Artistic?
Not at all! The only requirement is to give it a try and remain open minded! Some of the greatest artists never had any formal training. There is even a local museum dedicated to the works of these artists.
Do I Have To Make Art, Play Or Use A Sand Tray In My Therapy?
Your therapy is your time so there is no requirement to ever do anything you don’t want to do! Art, play and sand tray cab be helpful for some clients and may provide another way of moving through a stuck place or exploring something more deeply. That said, each person will find a certain modality more helpful. For many of our adult clients, they start out with talk therapy and later, choose to explore with art, sand and play. Often adult clients are surprised to find just how powerful (and enjoyable) art therapy is when incorporated into their treatment plan. As a client, you have the opportunity to share how you would like your therapist to work with your unique needs.
We care deeply about the needs of our community and strive to advocate for those needs through our services, resources, and partnerships.
We’re not perfect. And neither are you. And that’s okay. We celebrate what your version of wellbeing looks like instead of fitting you into a predetermined box.
Therapy doesn’t always have to be heavy and serious. It can be light and playful and funny, and we take pride in cultivating an atmosphere of joy amidst transformative healing.