I firmly believe that therapy is successful when:
1. There is a readiness to engage in the process (not because it will be easy but because it's vital), and
2. There is trust and compatibility with the therapist.
You may want to consider the following:
1. Do I want to begin therapy? (Not should I, but do I need to), and
2. Does Alair seem like the best fit for me/my child/my partner and I?
While every therapy process looks different, there are a few factors that can help us understand how long this process might last:
I've heard many people describe past/imagined experiences with therapy where they disclose a great deal of personal information and the therapist responds with a quick answer and suggests medication. When I work with clients, I see myself as one part of their "team" of support. As we go along, if I think that we need to add more support, I may suggest other resources like occupational therapy, psychological evaluations, various assessments, physical exams, creative outlets, or support groups (just to name a few). For some, medication provides a great deal of relief but that is not my first go-to suggestion.
From our very first session, we will be talking about our last session. I don't believe therapy must last forever, nor do I believe that therapy is a quick-fix. Throughout our time together, I will check in with you to see if we are addressing the reasons why you came to see me in the first place, and whether or not you are experiencing growth and change.
As time goes on, you'll need to meet with me less and less often. There will come a point where you may be ready to take a break or stop therapy altogether, because you feel confident in the "new home" we've created. Even then, you can always come back to work with me for any length of time - I'll still be there to walk alongside you.