I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who need therapy weak?
Not at all. People who feel stuck know when they can benefit from assistance and they have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have many strengths that have worked for you before. These may not be working right now or are not enough when facing your current conflicts. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, we’ll help you identify what these strengths are and how to implement them again given what is happening now.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who you live with and want to continue being in your life, and someone who has the professional training and experience to help you find new tools to work with. 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 your 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 issues. What medication does is treat symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and learn strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective in reducing symptoms that get in the way of your progress and is sometimes beneficial 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. We tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to answer on a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take in order for you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that have driven you to seek therapy in the first place.
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 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 get to 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 you would both like to work with us, we would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, we could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.