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The Work

Working With Alec

Hello! Welcome to counseling with me, Alec Miller. Below are some descriptions for the journey we are embarking upon together. It is an honor to work with you, and I look forward to what we discover along the way.

 

My Job is to:

  • Create a safe and comfortable place for you to share

  • Provide education and information about relevant topics as they come up

  • Maintain safety in the session by pacing how fast or slow we process certain topics

  • Encourage you to be open an honest with yourself in a way that is genuine

  • Give feedback and share observations about what I see

  • Build a supportive relationship with you and earn your trust

  • Help you create change

 

Your Job is to:

  • Bring into session whatever feels most important for us to talk about

  • Be open to forming a relationship with me

  • Push yourself to be a little bit more open and a little bit more vulnerable than you want to be

  • As best you can, tell me when something feels off in our relationship so we can explore and correct it

  • Share your dreams and hopes for the future

  • Be open to some sort of change

 

FAQs

 

Is there a right way to do therapy?

  • Nope. Everyone is unique and good therapy is custom fit for the needs of that person. There are general themes that make counseling effective, but it’s not a one size fits all kind of process.

Should I be doing homework assignments between sessions?

  • Assignments can be helpful, but they are not necessary for effective therapy. If it is relevant to our goals we may devise tasks for you to complete between sessions, but in general my counseling is more about the process in session than assignments outside.

How should I prepare for session?

  • Sometimes we’re not sure what we want to talk about. That’s okay! I will help you explore different areas of life to see where we can focus. If you want to prepare for session, writing down some thoughts beforehand about what you’d like to work on can be useful.

Are there topics that we shouldn’t talk about?

  • Nothing is off limits! That is the wonderful thing about counseling. Everything is fair game.

Do you share my information?

  • In order to assure that I am providing you with the best services possible I may share information with my licensed clinical supervisor. This includes what we are working on in session and my approach to helping meet your goals. Also, there are specific circumstances that I am required by law to share certain information, please see the confidentiality disclosure for details.

How do I get the most out of our work together?

  • Write your thoughts down after session. Wouldn’t it be sad to come up with a great insight only to forget it later? Writing after session really helps to consolidate your therapeutic work and it is my number one suggestion for how to get the most out of our work together.