More About Sessions:
I usually give some things to do between sessions. Sometimes it may be to practice some of the skills you learned in a session. Sometimes it may be to do some brief writing. Don’t worry, it is not like writing an essay. Usually it is more like making a list of things like goals, values, or something similar. Spelling and grammar don’t count – and it is more for you than for me! I won’t read them all, but may ask you to share some with your partner.
Most sessions are 45 to 50 minutes if you live in the area, although I encourage people to plan for an hour and a half for the first session. If you are coming from out of town, we can either schedule an hour and a half first session and then do longer sessions so you can do more work quickly. For example, sometimes I have people come for 2-3 hour sessions, when driving long distances. That way we can reduce the number of sessions and spread them out more to cut down on the time and expense of driving.
I believe in short-term therapy. If you are investing time and money, you are either going to do work now -- or not. The goal is to help you do work more effectively on your own, not become dependent on me as the counselor.