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 courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
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 same thing 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, counseling 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, and 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 but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Sometimes medication is needed for just a short time while you practice new skills and become more comfortable with them. I try to work collaboratively with any prescribing providers regarding your medication management.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will depend on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific situation and needs. In the beginning, it is common to schedule weekly sessions and as you make progress sessions can be scheduled further apart. Sometimes, I suggest clients practice new skills or write down their thoughts between sessions. These exercises are very helpful to the counseling process and are often key to making faster progress.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say on a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that influenced you to seek counseling in the first place. We will discuss your progress together and make decisions regarding your treatment plan and goals.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success. Good communication is key to making sure we are addressing the things that matter to you and will have the most impact on positive changes in your life!