What to expect from counseling

Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a psychotherapist. Grounded in dialogue, it provides a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who’s objective, neutral and nonjudgmental. You and I will work together to identify and change the thought and behavior patterns that are keeping you from feeling your best.

Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. We will meet weekly to both develop a relationship and keep you on track with accomplishing your goals.

It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, I may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.

One of the main goals in my practice is to teach clients applicable new skills so you can better cope with whatever challenges arise in the future.

 

Contact

Heather McMillen, LPC
2016 Mt. Vernon Ave Suite 303, Alexandria VA 22301

Email : Heather@heathermcmillenlpc.com
Phone : 202-352-8950