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. 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 utilize them as well developing new strategies.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
Talking to a mental health professional is very different than talking to a friend or family member. For one, it is more difficult for a family member or friend to speak from a neutral perspective, while a therapist does not have the same sort of relationship/agenda with you and can be non-judgmental and maintain a more neutral perspective. Additionally, a mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a different way. For example, I can help you gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, help you better “hear” yourself and your intuition and learn new skills. Furthermore, other than certain legal exceptions (please see specifics on the Forms page), therapy is confidential.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone does not solve all issues. Sometimes medication can be an important adjunct in treating symptoms and overall functioning. Our work together, however, is designed to explore the root of the issue as appropriate, look at current and past behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy 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 therapy 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 therapy in the first place.
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 is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. The work you do outside of our sessions is also very important.