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.
Do I have to take medications?
We believe in a “skills before pills” approach. We will make every attempt to help you develop a full toolbox of coping skills to assist you in processing your issues. However, there may come a time when your symptoms are too severe to be impacted by typical therapeutic interactions. Whereas we are not against medications, we’d like for you to try building skills first, unless there is a risk of danger to self or others.
Medications are an important component to getting well, however. Many mental health issues are the result of a chemical imbalance and medications may help you regulate these chemicals and make it easier for you to begin processing and conquering to become your best self!
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.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
Take note of your moods, sleep, and keep a running list of questions and/or topics that you’d like to discuss in-session.