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 now and then. In our work together, we’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
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. Therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others knowing your business because therapists are bound our ethics (and laws) to protect your confidentiality.
What’s the deal with medication?
Therapy is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on the strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals. For some people, medication can be effective and can help make therapy more effective. For others, therapy helps them find the relief they were looking for without medications. Our therapists may make recommendations at times, but it is always your choice to pursue or not pursue medications.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
At the beginning of therapy, you will meet with your therapist once a week for 45-55 minutes. In these sessions you will talk about the issues that brought you to therapy, explore new ways of thinking about your experiences, and learn to implement the new knowledge you get as a result of working with your therapist. As you start to feel better, you and your therapist may decide together to decrease the frequency of your visits.
How long will it take?
Of course, 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. Your therapist will talk with you after your first session about how long you might be in therapy.
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 will be integral to your success. You and your therapist will talk about what you can do to help you get the most out of therapy throughout the time you work together.