I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths, but perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them now.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy. While medication treats the symptoms, we will work, together, to explore your behaviors and beliefs. Together, we can work to embrace strategies to help you accomplish your personal and relational goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Since each person has unique issues and goals for therapy, therapy can be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific, individual needs. This is how I provide Client-Centered and Strength-Based Therapy.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique. The length of therapy depends on how you want to accomplish your goals, or your desire for personal development.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
Your active participation and commitment is essential to the success of your therapy. Sessions are usually scheduled once per week. With the goals you identify in session, along with the tools you gain in session, the work outside of sessions, assists you in achieving your goals.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
Couples Therapy is most productive when couples meet together. At times, couples in therapy together, see a different Therapist individually, as well.