What do we talk about?

I encourage clients to speak as openly as they can in therapy about whatever is on their minds so that we can better understand their struggles and life experiences. At times this means focusing on day to day issues and at other times it means talking about relationships and experiences from the past. Clients bring to therapy all of their thoughts, concerns, and feelings as well as their hopes and dreams. This sometimes includes thoughts and feelings they may have about me and/or our work together. By focusing on our relationship in the moment, we can actively use our relationship as a springboard for a deeper understanding of relationships outside of the room.

It is not always immediately clear how the topics we talk about relate to the presenting symptoms/issues. However, with time the connections reveal themselves and allow for a deeper and clearer understanding. I encourage a collaborative approach that allows us to come to an understanding of the situation together. At times I will offer suggestions or strategies to address a particular concern and at other times we will allow the solutions to emerge through conversation and reflection. We pay close attention to emotions being triggered as a way to better understand what is most important to a client.

How long does therapy last?

It is difficult to predict how long the therapeutic process will last and it varies greatly from person to person.  Some people come to treatment for short periods of time (4-12 sessions) to address very specific concerns or transitions in their lives.  Other people come for longer periods of time (6 months to a few years) to allow themselves the opportunity to take a deeper look at patterns and struggles.   While short and long term treatments differ in terms of the scope and depth of the work, it is possible to have positive and helpful experiences with both.  

The process is not always an easy one and creating lasting change usually happens gradually. However, with commitment and honesty, therapy can lead to positive changes in people's lives.  If length of treatment is of particular concern to you, we can discuss it at any point and create a plan that suites your needs. 


Danielle Adler Witchel, LCSW   |   Psychotherapy and Counseling Services
512-627-4109  |    3400 Kerbey Lane Austin, TX 78703.