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 and effective coping skills that you’ve used before, and therapy can assist you in identifying and utilizing those strengths and coping mechanisms more effectively.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference between talking to a friend or family member versus speaking with a professional lies in the extensive education and training that professionals receive in order to become a licensed clinician. Typically a licensed clinician received a minimum of 6 years university education, has a minimum of a masters degree, and receives a minimum of 3,000 hours of supervision before they can become fully licensed. 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 gain insight into yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others, such as friends or family members, “knowing my business.”
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your goals and objectives.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different identified concerns and goals for therapy, treatment 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. Sessions last approximately 50 minutes and we will typically meet either weekly or every 2 weeks. Thus, the work you do outside of our sessions will help you achieve your goals and objectives in a progressive manner.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. Additionally, depending on the presenting concerns will determine if we also work together individually.