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 ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. Reaching out for help is actually a source of strength. You already have tools that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason aren’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access those tools. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what your strengths are and how to implement additional strategies to address what is happening now in your life.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
A friend or family member can provide an ear, some advice and support. 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. Talking with a therapist eliminates biased feedback. Therapy is also not about providing advice, but rather helping you find your own solutions. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.”
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve everything. What medication does is treat the symptoms, therapy treats the underlying issues. Our work together is designed to explore root causes, evaluate what contributes to your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication is effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy. The possibility of a medication evaluation will be evaluated during the course of therapy.
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. Essentially, the most important thing that you can do in sessions is to be honest and open to change.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to predict. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and 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 a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development. You will get the most out of therapy if you implement the changes you want to make that you identify in sessions.