informed consent

The purpose of Informed Consent is to introduce you to some of what you can expect in therapy with me

My particular approach to the therapeutic process is experiential in nature and may often involve talking about unpleasant aspects of your life. As a result you are likely to experience feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, grief, and longing. Such experiences can be painful. If these occur, they are usually temporary.
 
Sometimes therapy is not short term. Sometimes traumas start very early in life and require a longer course of treatment. Some problems can be very complex. Struggles with drugs or alcohol can further complicate emotional difficulties. I may not see what is happening quickly, despite my best efforts.
 
In your sessions I will carefully attend to you, your current life and what you are hoping to get my help with. I will also focus on what is happening in the moment between us. 
 
  • How are you conveying feelings? 
  • What is not being said or said indirectly? 
  • What is happening with your anxiety? 
  • What patterns are emerging in your interactions with me that are also present in your life? 
  • To what extent and in what circumstances are you aware of your feelings? 
  • Are certain feelings more difficult for you than others? 
 
I will share my observations in the moment. My observations could be inaccurate and you can tell me what I missed or misinterpreted. You may like what I say or be annoyed or feel sad or have mixed feelings. We can learn about you very quickly by observing together how you handle your feelings with me, which is most likely how you handle the same feelings outside of therapy. I believe that this focussed immediate experiential component is essential to getting to the bottom of your problems and shortening the duration of therapy.
Treatment, although meant to be helpful, cannot be guaranteed to be of benefit. Your participation in these services is voluntary and withdrawing at any time is your right. However, if you withdraw before it is recommended, there are potential risks that may be helpful to discuss with me beforehand.