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 use it to better themselves and the situation. Asking for help indicates strength because the person is demonstrating the courage to reach out, humility to seek answers, and the strength to break old habits. Everyone needs help at some point in their lives. 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. Will you accept the help I am offering today?
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
A friend is someone who can listen and offer support, and a therapist does the same but has the training and experience in mental health to provide a professional level of service. A mental health professional can help with a wide array of diagnosis, a friend cannot. 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 judgement or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won't have to worry about others judging you or "knowing your business." Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you have 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 that difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective for some, but medication alone cannot solve all issues. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in 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 are driving you to seek counseling in the first place. My clients begin with a three month weekly commitment and we re-evaluate frequency from there.
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.