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 at times. Think of it this way: if you break your arm, you don’t just “shake it off” or “toughen up”, you go to a doctor and address the issue head on. Our mind needs the same approach – think of it as training to move toward being better than you were the day before.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
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.”
What about medication?
If needed, medication has been proven to be most effective when used in conjunction with active counseling. Maybe you’re not for medication – that’s ok too. There will never be pressure to take it if not desired. If you are already taking medication, I can work with your doctor/psychiatrist to ensure you are receiving the best care to address your concerns. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
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’ve worked with people who are feeling better after 2 sessions and those that have worked with me for years. My goal is to focus on your goal(s) and see it through with you.
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. My only advice is: Show Up and keep Showing Up!