I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Are my problems too small for therapy?
Not at all. Everyone needs help now and then. Asking for support requires intuition and strength. 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?
A mental health professional is trained to help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, offer different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. 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. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths to support you in accomplishing your goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
I take a collaborative approach to therapy. Together we will set and prioritize your goals. Based on your goals I may suggest skills for you to work on in and outside of sessions; however, because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, the experience 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. We will discuss the frequency of sessions and length of treatment specific to your needs in your first session.
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. Typically counseling occurs for one hour a week, meaning your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success. Practicing the skills you learn in session and actively reflecting on our discussions in your daily life will allow you to get the most out of the counseling experience.