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, I’ll help you 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?
There is a difference between venting and getting advice from a friend and fully understanding how problems in your life get created and finding effective strategies to solve them. A 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, counseling is completely confidential. You will not have to worry about others “knowing my business.”
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective, but it alone cannot solve life’s problems. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with therapy. Sometimes medications can be a hinderance to your progress. Our work together is designed to understand the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different challenges and goals for therapy, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. Typically, we will be collaborating on goals and understanding the factors that influence the problems in your life. We will then develop a plan of action. Effective therapy involves work to be done, by you, outside of therapy sessions. Like other things in life, this takes work, and working outside of the session maximizes the likelihood of success.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take depends on a number of factors. Typically, expect a course of treatment to last 16-20 weeks. Some long term problems and difficulties can take much longer. This is not a sign of lack of effort. Well ingrained patterns can be difficult to break.
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 will be crucial to your success. Therapy can be challenging and at times it may seem easy to give up. Working outside of session and not quitting are the key things you can do to make changes.