I’ve never talked with a therapist. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
No, not at all. Asking for help when we need it requires strength. Having the willingness to be honest with ourselves and a therapist can be a great first step in the process of change and healing. All of us could benefit from some extra support and/or a new perspective now and then. Being overwhelmed with our own issues, we may have difficulty recognizing our internal strengths. In our work together, my goal is to help you identify your strengths and to assist you in applying them to what may be occurring for you now.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
Although it may be very helpful to reach out to a family member or friend when difficulties arise, having a neutral perspective of a trained professional may be quite beneficial as well. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you understand yourself in a deeper way. It’s also important to remember that therapy with a trained professional is completely confidential.
What about medication?
Medication can help with treating certain symptoms, but by itself it usually doesn’t solve a person’s mental health issues. If a person chooses medication, it’s often recommended in conjunction with therapy. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deeper into why difficulties may be occurring, and to work on strategies and self-regulation skills to help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals with or without medication.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, counseling may look different for each client. My therapeutic approach will depend on your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Each client’s circumstances are unique. It’s difficult to predict the length of time therapy can take for you to accomplish your goals. Your commitment, motivation for change, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place all have an impact on how and when you accomplish your counseling goals.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
It’s great that you’re motivated to get the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. Counseling may only occur for an hour a week. It’s the work you do outside of your sessions that ultimately matters the most.