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 isn’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 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 that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy. If additional support is needed, I work closely with homeopaths and psychiatrists in the area to help you find the best fit for your needs.
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. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. I ask a series of questions to understand your strengths, learning style and interests. If you like homework, I will do my best to match your homework to learn the skills we are focusing on. If you enjoy reading, I will provide a variety of resources depending upon your preferences.
How long will it take?
This is a question so many ask. My goal is to be specific with you about the goals we are working on in therapy. This way we can track progress toward meeting your goals. It is likely that as we work together, the goals will change as we progress. My desire is to explain what I am doing along the way so that you understand our process. It may be that after 6 months of working with me, you are ready to take a small break. For some this may be after a year or 9 months, it is truly dependent upon you. I encourage clients to understand what they desire from therapy so we can be transparent about whether or not your needs are getting met. It is normal in therapy to hit periods of lulls where there is less movement than other times. When this happens, worksheets or additional resources may provide education and knowledge that can come in handy.
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 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 your personal growth and development.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
I refer couples to trusted counselors because I specialize in individual therapy or trainings and workshops. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.