What is therapy?

Psychotherapy is a relationship between therapist and client where we apply psychology to help the client change their approach to overcoming problems in life.

What issues typically bring people in for therapy?

People typically come in to therapy looking for relief from depression, anxiety, anger, difficulties in relationships, frustrations with managing substance use, or other difficult emotional experiences that feel like losing control or feel like having irreconcilable philosophical issues with one’s self, others, or the world.

What am I supposed to do in therapy?

The boundaries and privacy of the therapeutic relationship make it the right place to talk about difficult subjects and ask the questions you may have felt like you weren’t supposed to ask. It’s a place to be direct about what you’re thinking, what you want and what you need - the therapeutic process thrives on feedback. Therapy works best when we’re on the same page about your goals and can agree that the way we’re working towards achieving them works for you.

How often do you meet with clients?

When you begin therapy in my practice, I have you accept a timeslot where we meet weekly until you feel your goals have been met and we terminate the relationship.  Regularity is part of therapy. Setting a weekly time helps keep this part of the therapeutic container.

How long does therapy last?

Therapy is considered “brief” when it lasts about 8-12 sessions which usually takes 2-3 months.  Longer therapy can provide greater insights into one’s own processes and can last for six months or years.  There are benefits to both types of therapeutic relationships and I maintain the therapeutic relationship as long as it’s still helpful.  While my goal is to have clients be sufficient and well without me so if the goal for therapy haven’t been met after 6 months, we should discuss and reformulate the plan.

Will what I share in therapy stay confidential?

For the therapeutic relationship to function, confidentiality must be a part of the relationship. It’s a part of our code of ethics. The things clients share in therapy remain private except when they trigger a mandated report such as when we are made aware of intent to harm oneself, intent to harm another, or a child being harmed.  You can ask me about if something you are thinking of sharing would violate your confidentiality and I will tell you – those rules aren’t in place to trap you.

Does therapy work?

Psychotherapy is surprisingly good at helping provide symptom relief, personality change, promote health, increase adaptiveness, foster meaning and improve quality of life. Therapy has a large, enduring effect that is comparable or greater than many medical interventions.

What do I need to do to start meeting with you as my therapist?

Call at 562-294-1233 and leave me your name and a time to call you back. Or you can email me at erikandersontherapy@gmail.com.
First, we’ll set up a time to chat over the phone for 15 minutes to go over preliminary questions. This is to see if my practice is appropriate for you. 
Then, if we determine we may be a good fit, we’ll set up a time to meet in person. Our first appointment will be an intake interview where we’ll spend an hour talking about your history and your present issues. After that we arrange a regular time slot to meet each week.