Psychotherapy FAQ

What services do you provide?
How do I know you are the right therapist for me?
What will happen after I call or email you?
How do I know if I need therapy?
How long does therapy last?
What can I expect in the first session?

What services do you provide?

I offer individual and couples therapy for adults, seniors, teens 16 and older, and couples.  I specialize in therapy for stress, depression, worry, and anxiety, with an emphasis on resolving persistent patterns that limit your life choices.  I have special expertise in working with spiritual seekers, people with chronic and terminal illness, elders, adult children of aging parents, and those experiencing significant life transitions and crises.

How do I know you are the right therapist for me?

I encourage you to check in with yourself and see if the fit feels right for you.  You will get impressions of me from this website, my blog, and our initial email and/or phone contact.  At the end of our first session, I will ask you how the connection felt to you.  Trust your intuition to know if you would like to move forward. My concern is that you find the therapist who is the right fit for you.

What will happen after I call or email you?

I will return your email or call, and we will arrange a phone conversation as soon as possible. We will talk about what you are looking for, and I am happy to answer any questions you might have.  We can discuss fees and payment on the phone. If you decide to go forward, we will schedule an appointment.

How do I know if I need therapy?

Therapy is different from talking with friends or family members about your concerns.  A caring and well-trained professional can help you clearly define the problem and guide you in the healing process so you can move on and enjoy your life.  Once we get to the bottom of what is troubling you, lasting solutions are possible.  If you are considering therapy, you are probably a good candidate. If you aren’t sure, you might try out one session and go from there.

What can I expect in the first session?

You are guaranteed a warm welcome as we meet in person for the first time!  It is normal to feel nervous, but once we get started, most people quickly feel more relaxed.  I will ask you to describe the reasons you are seeking psychotherapy and the outcomes you would like to experience.  By the end of the first session, I can give you a preliminary roadmap for how we will work together.  We then both decide if we are well-matched and want to continue meeting.

How long does therapy last?

The length of treatment varies significantly depending on your goals and the nature of your concerns. Some problems can be treated in a relatively brief time period (i.e., 8-12 sessions), while others take more time. During our initial meetings, we will discuss my impressions of your treatment needs and anticipated length of therapy.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment,
please call (805) 570-9765 or 
email Gail@GailBrenner.com.