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… seeking therapy can actually be an indication of great strength. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In fact, most people can benefit from having a trusted therapist to process life. The therapy process can help you gain greater self-awareness into potential problems and stumbling blocks that are holding you back. With the fast pace and busy schedules that many of us have, stress can become overwhelming at times making it difficult to access strengths and coping tools. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what your strengths are and how you can access coping skills to move forward.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is that although friends and family can be helpful, a mental health professional has specific training and experience in how to help you with your mental health concerns. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way, teach you new skills, help you gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others finding out about your most confidential thoughts and feelings.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be very helpful and useful for people. However, medication alone is designed to treat the symptoms that are causing you difficulties. For those struggling with depression or OCD, for example, the best chance of successful treatment often includes using medication in conjunction with therapy. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, 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, the process will be different for each individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs and we can work together to develop a plan that works for you.
How long will it take?
Each person comes into therapy with unique circumstances so 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 one session a week. The work you do outside of our sessions is what will really help you see your personal growth and development.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
I focus on individual counseling. I would love to work with you and your partner/spouse individually. However, if you would like marriage counseling I will make a referral to a therapist who specializes in marriage. It is good to remember that it is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.