What to Expect
Obviously, with the uncertainty of Covid-19 and how we’re slowly gaining safety back, we’ll be meeting online for the foreseeable future.
So, here’s a little about what to expect in counseling: During your first session, I ask a lot of questions and take notes. After the first session, I put the notebook away and leave the floor open to talk about whatever seems important to you each week. Our sessions are 50 minutes and focused on you.
It’s important to let you know that I’m not a therapist that is going to sugarcoat anything. If I see you making the same mistake and not honoring your worth or your boundaries, I’m going to tell you in the most supportive and gentle way that I can. I’m also going to ask you lots of questions to figure out why you continue unhealthy patterns to try to get to the root of the problem. I believe that people develop in ways that they HAD TO in order to survive. My goal is to help you develop self-compassion for your need to do this but Marie Kondo that shit… you don’t need it and it’s definitely not sparking joy!
It can feel like you’ve tried everything and you still feel disconnected from your life, you’re busy on purpose so you’re not having to feel the disconnect. Therapy lets you take time for you to dig deeper on the issues you struggle with. Therapy isn’t just something you can learn in a self-help book with a pink cover that they put in the bookstore window. I’m here to help you make sense, find answers, and move on to the things that make you happy, not just practicing at being happy.
I can help you and you can do this.
What to Expect in Online Counseling
How online counseling with Drew works:
Online counseling has changed the future of therapy. People who had barriers to attending sessions before can now do so from the comfort of their own home. No more rushing from work to therapy offices to get your weekly session in, no being stuck on late trains, and getting charged a late or no-show fee.. You can find a person who specializes in what you need help in anywhere in the state where you are located as long as they have a license to practice there.
Several studies have found that virtual psychotherapy is just as effective as in person. You can connect with your therapist in a place where you feel the most comfortable. The therapist can see and read your verbal and physical cues through the camera. Reading your face is much harder when you have a mask on, and six feet apart. Who has six feet of space in their office in NYC? Teletherapy is the safest way to see your therapist at this time.
I know you are busy and might not have a lot of time to go to therapy. Online therapy is a great way for busy people to be able to still have therapy and manage their busy lives. We can meet from your home or office as long as you have an internet connection and a private place to talk. You want to be sure you would treat our online counseling visit as you would a visit in the office. It is ok if I see your pet in the screen, you might see mine! Put away your slack, email, text messages, this is a 50 minute retreat into the ultimate self care for you.
Because I hold a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) license in New York and Texas, I can see anyone who resides in either of those states. In a rural community and have difficulty finding a therapist? No problem! I conduct telehealth sessions from my practice portal, which offers secure video sessions. You will get a link before your appointment each week to be sure we can connect safely. I will make sure that virtual therapy is appropriate for you and meets the level of care that you need.
I am committed to help women lead more fulfilling lives. You’ve only got one life, you should find some joy in it. It can be hard to find someone with whom you find comfort and connection with. I offer a free 20 min consult for just this reason, to make sure we are a good fit. This consult can be offered via video or phone. Please reach out if you would like to see if we are a good fit for each other.
Committing to online therapy, or a new therapist in general, can feel overwhelming. But if you are ready to make some changes in your life, I am here to help. Whether you live in New York or Texas, I am committed to helping you on this journey to become a happier version of yourself.
“Mental Strength is not the ability to stay out of the darkness; it’s the ability to sit present in the darkness knowing that the light will shine again.”