Common Questions

Some commonly asked questions about counseling.

What can therapy help me with?

Therapy can help people with unexpected changes in their lives, as well as self-exploration and personal growth. When coping skills are overwhelmed by guilt, doubt, anxiety, or despair, therapy can help. Therapy can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping for issues such as depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, bereavement, spiritual conflicts, stress management, body image issues, and creative blocks. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives.

What can I expect in a therapy session?

First, you can expect a relaxed and nurturing atmosphere in which you can talk about the primary concerns and issues in your life. Individual, marital and family sessions usually last sixty minutes. I usually suggest that we set up weekly sessions in the beginning. If this is not possible, due to time or financial constraints we can do sessions every other week. In between sessions it would be beneficial to think about what was discussed in the previous session writing down thoughts and feelings and questions that you may have about what was discussed. I may recommend books or articles for you to read or to journal between sessions. Remember that therapy is a collaboration between patient and therapist and requires the patient to actively plan what he or she wants to work on in the next and future sessions, with guidance from the therapist.  

What if I don't know what my goals are for therapy?

If you aren't sure what your goals are for therapy, your first task is to figure that out. It may take several sessions before a direction is clarified. During the course of therapy your goals may change. However, establishing a direction for therapy will help you get the most out of the experience.

 

What are some of the benefits of working with a therapist?

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications skills - learn how to listen to others, and have others listen to you
  • Getting "unstuck" from unhealthy patterns - breaking old behaviors and develop new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

How can I make an appointment?

If you’re ready to explore therapy as an option, please call the office at 713-780-4644 or email me at rbketchum@sbcglobal.net. You’ll hear back from me personally at which time we’ll briefly discuss what your main concern is and then schedule a time at our earliest convenience.