Frequently Asked Questions

What if I'm not sure that I will make a connection with my therapist?

Sometimes we get a feeling right away that we "click" with a therapist and other times it may take longer to get to know a therapist. It is normal to spend a few sessions to become comfortable enough to talk about your personal issues with a therapist. In fact, talking about your comfort level in a therapy session can be helpful.

Why do I need therapy if I have my friends to talk to?

Talking with a therapist is different from talking with a friend. When we talk to a therapist, we don't have to worry that what we say will offend the therapist and we don't have to worry about not listening to our friend's needs enough. The therapist is specifically there to listen to you and your problems with compassion and without judgment. The goal of the therapist is to understand you and to help you cope with your issues.

How long do I need to be in therapy?

It depends. Sometimes a client's issues require a longer course of treatment. For more specific problems, a shorter-term approach may be appropriate.

How do I choose a therapist?

It is important that you feel comfortable with the therapist with whom you are working. You may want to find out specific information about potential therapists including educational background, theoretical orientation, degrees, licensure and experience. It is a good idea to make sure your therapist is licensed in the state of California.

What if I need medication?

If you need medication, the therapist may work with you to refer you to a doctor with experience in prescribing medications used for psychological symptoms.