“I have seen 3 other couples therapists and 4 other individual therapists. Alison has been the best therapist I could possibly have asked for. She is intelligent, wise, and adept at working with complicated individual and couples issues. She is an endless resource for materials and practices that have enhanced our marriage and our growth as individuals. In the past year, she has shown boundless compassion, patience, gentle honesty, and humor.” – MM, 53-year-old
It might feel uncomfortable at first to open up about pain, guilt, uncertainty…
That will dissipate and relief and a sense of support will take over.
When you arrive,
please let yourself into the private, cozy waiting room…
Help yourself to a glass of cold water or a cup of hot tea/coffee and relax in a recliner.
Sink into the soothing sounds of waterfalls and bubbling brooks.
I will call you in when your therapy room is ready.
No check-in required.
Clients who get the most out of their therapy:
*Attend regularly to keep the momentum
*Do the activities assigned in between sessions
*Ask a lot of questions
*Bring a notebook (or ask for paper) to capture the highlights. Very helpful to look back on!
*Bring in real-life examples/anecdotes of challenging dialogue or circumstance they encountered. We discuss ways it could’ve been handled constructively.
The goal of the first session is for us to get acquainted and for me to learn about you, discuss your concerns (i.e. why you are seeking therapy) and what you’re hoping to get out of therapy/coaching.
The number of sessions we have together is dependent on the topic(s) you want to address and your goals. An occupational dilemma may only require three to five sessions, whereas marital counseling may deserve six to twelve months.
While there are many variables that play into your success, the most important is your will and pro-activity. You are in the driver’s seat and my role is to help you get where you want to go. At the end of your first session, we will assess appropriate frequency based on your needs. The average is 2-3 times per month to start, and frequency dissipates as necessary (based on your goals, prescribed homework, etc).
Therapy will improve your self-awareness by helping you discover patterns that keep you stuck. The goal is to empower you to manage life issues with more ease, build resiliency and maintain your well-being.
Maximize your results:
Be open, forthcoming, and communicative in session.
Speak your truth.
What to expect from effective therapy…
You feel comfortable and connected with your therapist. Research shows that 60% of the efficacy of therapy lies in the relationship between the therapist and client. You should feel heard, understood, and that you can trust your therapist.
Unrealistic expectations are a hindrance. Change and insight do not happen overnight. You have decades worth of ingrained thought and behavior patterns, so allow yourself time to unravel and rewrite these patterns. Be patient with yourself as we explore your path to an enjoyable, rewarding life. As time progresses, we review your goals and redefine them as necessary.
Therapy is not like talking to a friend. Therapy allows you a structured approach to change. I provide guidance, a sounding board, and reassurance when the going gets tough. Together, we identify and break the less desirable patterns and negative feedback loops, and replace them with constructive patterns and positivity.
You may not feel better after every session. Breakthroughs in therapy are exciting and meaningful while also sometimes upsetting or overwhelming. I will help you through these experiences [because we can’t just go around them and expect change or progress in our relationships]. This means the journey can be uncomfortable along the way, and that’s part of the healing. Therapy/coaching is effective if you crave change and possess a curiosity of your inner world.
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Some changes you will notice…
- You feel better! Happier, calmer, at ease more often, and hopeful about the future.
- You handle life’s ups and downs more easily and with more control over your thoughts, feelings, and behavior.
- You are forgiving and accepting, even of those who have hurt you.
- You are more connected to yourself, your emotions, those around you, and to life in general.
- Your perspective is changing, and you see opportunities and solutions where you may have only seen problems before.
- You are setting healthy boundaries with people in your life and building stronger relationships because of it.
- You feel confident and able to express your needs and desires.
- You don’t feel victimized by the words or actions of others.
- You are resolving your own issues and not looking to your therapist or anyone else to fix things for you.
Feeling more comfortable?
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Marriage Counseling Madison