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Dr. Kristen Nicholson
Holistic Therapy

Common Questions



How do I know if I need therapy?


Everyone goes through challenging situations in life and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out additonal support when you need it.  If you are feeling "stuck" or experiencing issues that you have been unable to resolve on your own, therapy can help.  Therapy can provide an opportunity to address issues or barriers that are getting in the way of your ability to live a more fulfilling life.

How can therapy help?


Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, unresolved childhood issues, stress management, as well as support in managing the hassles of daily life.  
Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution.  

What can I expect to happen in my therapy sessions?

Because therapy is a highly personal and individualized process, therapy will be different for each 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.  The average length of therapy treatment is anywhere from three to six months. However, the timeframe may be shorter or longer for you, depending on your unique situation. 

It is important to understand that you will receive more benefits from therapy if you actively participate in the process.  The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you have learned in session back to life.  Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, you will likely be provided with things that you can do outside of therapy to support your process.

How long will therapy last?

With therapy, there usually is no set length of treatment.  Each individual brings their unique challenges and circumstances to the therapeutic process.  Therefore, the duration of the therapeutic process is different for each person.  Many clients sense that therapy has been successfully completed when major challenges have been overcome and they are able to effectively apply the skills learned in therapy to new challenges that arise.  Clients are able to support the successful progression of therapy by attending sessions regularly and completing homework assignments assigned in between therapy sessions.

How do I know whether you are the right therapist for me?

Choosing the right therapist is an important decision.  Many studies show that the fit between the client and therapist is a very important predictor for successful therapy.  You are encouraged to take your time in choosing a therapist by asking questions to gather the information you need to make your decision.  You can use your initial phone consultation to get a sense of what if feels like to work with me.