What is psychotherapy?

The less aware we are of our thoughts, feelings, motives and behaviors, the more they control us. Psychotherapy helps clients understand their “stories”; the experiences that shaped them, the defenses that have helped protect them and the patterns or habits that are now preventing them from living a satisfying life. Psychotherapy is a dialogue. The client presents data, the therapist offers ideas about it’s meaning, the client responds with his/her interpretation, and so on. It is important that psychotherapy progresses at a pace that is comfortable and safe for the client. Change can feel frightening or overwhelming, and may not occur quickly.

How do I choose the right therapist for me?

Most people can tell after an initial session whether they feel comfortable with a therapist’s style. Please feel free to speak up if you do not feel comfortable with your therapist, it will not offend us whatsoever. We want you to feel that you can develop an alliance of trust with your therapist – that is when therapy works best. We want to help you get to the right therapist.

What can I expect from my first appointment with a therapist

Many people feel nervous before their first appointment, wondering what their therapist will ask, or what they should tell their therapist. During the initial appointment, we will usually discuss why you made the appointment, what you have already done to try and solve the problem, and what you hope to accomplish in therapy. We may talk about how things are going in the important parts of your life (i.e. relationships, work, school) as well as information about your background. We can then begin developing goals for therapy. 

What do I have to do in sessions?

Because each person has different concerns and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. 

How long is a session?

Therapy sessions are typically 45-50 minutes.  Clients typically meet on a weekly or bi weekly basis depending on the their needs. Length of time while in therapy will depend on the individual client’s circumstance. The therapist and client will determine that together.

Do you have weekend and evening sessions available?

Typically, my appointment hours are Monday – Friday beginning at 7:00am till 6:00pm. I offer limited Saturday and evening hours as necessary.

Can a therapist prescribe psychiatric medication?

No, only a psychiatrist can prescribe psychiatric medication. 

What is the difference between online and traditional (In-person) therapy

Online therapy has numerous advantages. For one, it’s convenient. Online therapy fits right into your schedule, and you don’t have to worry about commuting to an office or sitting in a waiting room. It’s accessible for people lacking transportation or living in more rural areas. Many clients prefer the discreet nature of logging in for sessions wherever they want. 

What technical equipment do I need for online therapy?

You will need an internet-connected electronic device like a computer, phone, or tablet with a microphone and video access to meet for online therapy. Before each session, you will receive a link from me through which we will meet.  Typically, you may choose between

  • Live video conferencing
  • Phone sessions




Anthony Miceli, LMFT

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