Frequently Asked Questions
How do I go about choosing the therapist that is right for me?
It is very important that you find a therapist that is right for you. This may require that you shop around in order to find a therapist that you are comfortable with. In order for you to get the most out of therapy, you must be able to build a good and trusting relationship with your therapist. You can get a good feel for the right “fit” and whether a therapist has the skills to help you by taking advantage of a free initial consultation session. Dr. Peters offers all of her clients a free initial consultation session in which she can discuss your needs for therapy and determine if her skills and experience are a good match for you.
What does therapy “specialization” really mean?
Unfortunately, when a therapist states that he or she specializes in a specific area there is no way to know what this really means. There is no regulatory agency that defines or regulates the use of this term. Ideally, a therapist should have both the training and experience in a particular area to claim specialization. For example, when a therapist claims expertise in working with trauma, the therapist should have training in trauma treatment and have treated numerous individuals experiencing post trauma. It is always wise to ask a potential therapist how many individuals he or she has treated with concerns similar to yours and for how long.
What are your areas of specialization?
Along with providing general therapy, Dr. Peters is qualified by both training and experience to treat many types of trauma to include:
- Domestic violence
- Sexual assault /Abuse
- Combat-related trauma
- Immigration issues/Family separation issues
Dr. Peters has over 400 hours of specialized training and has worked with hundreds of trauma survivors. She holds both Certification and Approved Consultant status in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and she has used this widely researched technique to treat numerous individuals.
Dr. Peters also specialize in:
- Immigration evaluation
- Forensic assessment
- Grief and Loss
How do you approach therapy?
Dr. Peters is trained in a wide variety of approaches to psychotherapy and use treatments that are empirically validated for best results. Since each individual brings unique strengths, needs, and goals for therapy, my approach will be tailored to meet your individual therapeutic needs.
How do I know that therapy is working for me?
Dr. Peters will monitor your progress in therapy on a regular basis and keep track of how well therapy is working for you so that you get the most out of our work together. You will be able to hold me accountable for doing my part to help you achieve your goals in therapy.
How long will I be in therapy?
Length of therapy is dependent upon the issues or struggles that you bring to therapy. Some individuals are in therapy for longer periods of time than others based on their needs and goals. With regular monitoring of progress in therapy, we can assess current progress and determine future needs. The goal of therapy is always to get you to a place where you can go forth and live well without therapy.
How long is each therapy session?
Regular therapy sessions last 50 minutes. There are occasions when sessions may last longer or when sessions may be more frequent than once per week. Dr. Peters will sometimes see an individual twice a week to do some intense therapy to include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) work.
How soon can I get an appointment?
Once a decision has been made to attend therapy, it is important that you are able to access services in a timely manner. The decision to pursue therapy can cause some individuals some level of anxiety and fear. Thus, Dr. Peters attempts to set you up with an appointment within 2-3 days.
Where are you located?
Dr. Peters is located at:
1720 S. Bellaire Street, Ste 907
Denver, Colorado 80222