How Can a Consultation Help Me?
If you're having difficulties you find hard to understand or contain, a consultation can help clarify the nature of those difficulties, and what you can do about them. Some examples are symptoms of depression or anxiety; questions about medications you're taking, or thinking of taking; a crisis you're finding hard to manage emotionally; problems with work or challenging relationships.
Some experiences that might lead you to seek a consultation:
- Feeling frequently overwhelmed
- Panic attacks
- Prolonged sadness
- Sexual difficulties
- Grief or other loss
- Anxiety that feels excessive
- Eating disorders
- Obsessional thoughts
- Compulsive rituals
- Concerns about loved ones
- Irritability that's hard to control
- Feeling stuck in your work
- Trouble with a romantic partner
What happens in a Consultation?
In a consultation, I learn about your difficulties. I try to let you speak as much as you're comfortable doing, but I also ask questions so I can understand as much as possible about your needs. We'll talk about what's been happening in your life, any symptoms you might be experiencing, your concerns, and your hopes. I'll also ask about medical problems, medications, any treatments you've had in the past, your family, friends, and romantic partners, your use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, and your overall background.
At the end of the consultation, I'll summarize my thoughts about your problems, and we'll discuss how to proceed. I may recommend psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, medication, or some combination. We may even decide that you don't need any treatment. I will take your preferences into consideration, and you're free to accept my recommendation or not, to discuss it further, or to take some time to think about it.
How Long Does a Consultation Take?
Most consultations run between 45 minutes and an hour. If an hour isn't enough, we'll schedule a second meeting.
Is There Anything I Need to
Do to Prepare for My Consultation?
No. You've already done the hardest part-deciding to make the appointment. Just come to the session at the scheduled time.