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. 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 is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are 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 who has 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 my child or I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. Medication can treat some symptoms, but it does not help you learn new behaviors or ways of thinking. Our work together is designed to explore the area you want to change, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes useful in conjunction with therapy. However, it can have negative side effects that may be intolerable.
How does it work? What do sessions look like?
Because each person has different concerns and goals for therapy, sessions will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. Sessions can take place over coffee, include games or distraction activities, be instructional based, or other meaningful and comfortable ways to work together. Sessions are usually 50 minutes in length.
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 therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, willingness to practice techniques or interventions outside the session, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place. Groups based on specific curriculum typically run between 8 and 12 weeks.
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 counseling! 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 personal growth and behavior change.