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Common Questions

How can Dr. Sonia help me?
I help people to identify their unconscious patterns so they can make the changes necessary to obtain their goal and have the life they desire.   My sessions are largely educational, which means that I teach you how to be your own therapist and address your own issues.  My role with you as a therapist is to offer guidance, Some bennefits of the work I do  include:
  • Improve sleep
  • Overcome fear
  • Transform relationships
  • Develope self awareness and self understanding
  • Get advise from within your true self or your higher self and be your own counselor, therapist, and spiritual advisor
  • Achieve goals fast
  • Practice living in the moment
  • Learn how to change yourself
  • Become more self aware and present
  • Get resolution on your issues, conflicts and blocks that are keeping you from having the life you desire 
  • Have freedom from suffering
  • Release guilt, practice forgiveness, self forgiveness and forgive others
  • Manage anxiety and panic attacks 
  • Grief and loss
  • Learn how to deal with anger
  • Practice self mastery
  • Discover ways to improve communication
  • Transform yourself and create personal change
  • Learn new skills that will help your
  • Develop self esteem 

Need Therapy?   
Clients often want to know if they need therapy. Clients often find that their current undesirable state is affecting their personal, professional and home lives.  Everyone experiences challenges in life, and while you may have successfully dealt with them in the past, seeking extra support can really help facilitate the process and get you to where you to where you want to be sooner and with greater ease.  Actually, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a support.  Taking responsibility for your own well being and committing to change the situation and that is very admirable.    Therapy offers the skills you need to manage triggers, re direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.  I do therapy on myself regularly  to remove blocks, overcome challenges, and achieve self growth and personal improvement.  I believe in the work I do and I know it helps.  

Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?

People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy.   Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well.  Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks.  Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods.  Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life.   In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives. 
What is therapy like?
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.  Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
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, your therapist 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.   
Do you prescribe medication?  
It is well established that long term solutions to total health cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, I work to address the issue at the root.  I incorporate a holistic approach considering a person's physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being as it all counts for total wellness.   However, if medication is needed, I refer out to my network of practitioners. 
Do you accept insurance?
I do not accect insurance, but clients have been reinbursed for my services from their insurance company.
Therapy Confidentiality
Assurance of confidentiality is very important to cultivating trust between the client and practitioner.  You will be provided with a confidential disclosure agreement, which explains that what is discussed will not be shared with anyone.  You may also wish to fill out an "Informed Consent" form, which allows me to share, update, or provide information to your healthcare team. 
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.

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