Beginning therapy doesn't have to be intimidating or mysterious.

 

how it works

I'll help you quickly feel safe and at ease

From our first session together you can expect an environment of warmth, acceptance, and understanding. If you have any questions about therapy or about me, just ask! I'll try to answer them as simply and honestly as I can.

We'll pin point just what it is you want help with. 

Believe it or not, many people come in knowing something's wrong but don't know exactly how to put it into words. I'll help you transform feelings to words and then to a plan of action. This might include what's going on now, what you've been through in the past, and what you hope for in the future.

I'll explain how I can help.

I'll give you an idea of how I see the problem -- obstacles that are in your way, the strengths you don't even realize you have, and how you can get moving back in the right direction. We can talk about goals for therapy and how we might reach them together. We'll go over how often and how long we might work together, insurance or payment questions, and any other details around the business of therapy.

Doubts or confusion about the therapy process are common. 

Along the way it's common to have questions about where we are headed or feelings about me or the therapy in general. Your instinct may be to keep this to yourself. I can help you better if we address your feelings as they come up. Tracking, carefully understanding, and responding to your feelings (no matter what they are) is an essential part of the work. While difficult, I encourage you to be as transparent about your experience as possible. 

Therapy doesn't have to be forever.

You are in charge of when you start and stop your therapy. Some find a few sessions helpful, others a few months, some stay a few years. Often times, people come for a while, take a break, and then return as needed. We can decide this together based on your need and desire.

 

the Promise of psychotherapy

I can’t promise that working with me will be without risk, pain, or vulnerability.

In fact, it's been my experience that taking risks, acknowledging and allowing pain, and being vulnerable are some of the most important things we can do to get to the 'heart of the matter' and to make the real changes we're looking for. 

What I can promise is that living more fully happens when we allow the deepest parts of who we are to have a voice.

This is what gives life joy and meaning.


How can I help? Schedule your first session or set up a free phone consultation.

Call 425.451.1620 or email

joe@joebutlertherapy.com