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. Everyone needs help from time to time. People who ask for help have the wisdom to know when they need it and the courage to reach out. You already possess a number of strengths that have served you well in the past, but for whatever reason, they aren’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming, and this is making it difficult for you to fully utilize your strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify and build on your strengths so you can implement them more effectively to address what is happening in your life.
What’s the difference between talking to you versus talking to my best friend or family member?
The difference is that a mental health professional has the training and expertise to help you approach your situation in a new way — by teaching you new skills, offering different perspectives, listening to you without judgment or expectation, and helping you listen to your own inner wisdom. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing your business.” This can be reassuring, especially if your situation is highly sensitive or provokes a great deal of negative emotion.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
While medication can be effective and is sometimes a valuable adjunct to therapy, medication alone cannot solve all issues. Medication treats the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior, and teach strategies to help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals. Plus, not everyone benefits from medication, and many people suffer from unwanted side effects.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy 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 FAQ page. Each person’s circumstances are unique. The length of time required in therapy to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment to practicing new skills and behaviors outside of session, 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 per week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really ensure your personal growth and development.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship, and both you and your partner are interested in working with me, that’s great! We can conduct joint couples sessions to help you achieve your relationship goals. After that, if one or both of you would like to see me individually, to work on individual goals, we can discuss the possibility of doing so. If your partner is not willing or ready to participate in couples therapy at this time, I can work with you individually to help you cope with the situation and become more effective and satisfied with your end of the relationship.