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 can reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before that, for whatever reason, aren’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and makes it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, we will help you identify those strengths and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something and someone with the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. 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, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better, you could start avoiding that person, so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat 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. Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with 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. Your therapist will tailor their therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say on a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them, and the length of therapy to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors driving you to seek therapy in the first place. However, many of our clients experience changes in their lives within six months.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
We are so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication are crucial to your success. After all, you will probably see your therapist once a week. The work you do outside your sessions will help you see 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 want to work with a therapist, we can arrange to work with both initially. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, your therapist will keep one of you and refer the other partner to a different therapist. Moving from individual to couple’s work with the same therapist is not recommended because of potential trust issues.